Official reveals contamination levels at Fukushima plant are likely higher outside reactor units than inside

Published: July 30th, 2013 at 1:24 pm ET


Title: Japan Nuclear Watchdog to Step Up Fukushima Role
Source: Wall St. Journal
Date: July 29, 2013

At [Monday’s] session, NRA [Nuclear Regulation Authority] officials said highly contaminated water may be leaking into the soil from a number of trenches, allowing the water to seep into the site’s groundwater and eventually into the ocean.  […]

Tepco said Saturday it found extremely high concentrations of radiation in water samples from a trench near the No. 2 reactor. It said that the sample had 750 million becquerels of cesium-134 and 1.6 billion becquerels of cesium-137 per liter.

Both radioactive substances are considered harmful to health. An NRA official said Monday that the very high levels were likely to be even higher than those within the reactor units themselves.

[…] The elevated concentrations would pose a serious threat if large amounts of water were to leak from the trenches.

It was by far the highest concentration of radioactivity detected since soon after Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami […]

While the trenches have long been known to hold water with dangerously high levels of contamination, Tepco said last week that radioactivity was also rising in groundwater at the site. […]

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Published: July 30th, 2013 at 1:24 pm ET


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54 comments to Official reveals contamination levels at Fukushima plant are likely higher outside reactor units than inside

  • ftlt

    A little off topic… But, here is an article from Common Dreams site that shows coastal flooding forecasts for cities by state the future – How many nukes are impacted by this…

    How can we survive this – if true – if we cannot even address Fukushima when it is staring us in the face???

    • Yes… well, even they down-play the facts. Try 200+ ft rise in sea levels.. if both the poles melt. We are talking about ice that's 4 miles deep in many areas! I showed a pic of the snow and ice lifted OFF the south pole… and the numbers their talking about is ONLY the added 1/3 of the melted ICE PACK that sticks up that's already in the water!

      They don't even DARE discuses the stuff on the land at the poles getting added to the equations!

      • We Not They Finally

        Are you saying that the North Pole is into super-melt, whereas the South Pole is into super-freeze? (Excuse ignorance here.)

        • dka

          They are melting. North Pole is ice on ice, so no water level addition. But Greenland is also melting.
          Every years a new article says that it could melt within 1000 years, but the melting rate is doubling every few years.
          For South Pole, it is melting slowlier, but West Antartica is sliding faster and faster into the ocean.
          Within a 100 years, there is a possibility that significant part of Antartica and or Greenland, sliding on its bedrock, cracks and fall all of a sudden. There would be a tsunami. Scientists researching into icesheets moving on bedrock sees this as a real possibility, reproduced in lab simulation.

          • ftlt

            Forget all the worst cases… The 20 foot plus ( which is what the government of California is now using for river and coastal planning guidelines) forecast puts many nukes """UNDER WATER !!!""" during storm surges..

            Wasn't the "Whiskey Point" (name???) in Florida a foot away from being swamped from a hurricane in the 90s… Imagine the New Jersey/New York storm of last year with just 3 foot of sea level rise.. New Jersey and New York and Connecticut could have become radioactive wastelands..

            The fact is nukes along coasts all around the world are threatened by sea level rise and the new "mega" storms even now…

            Many plants that are miles up stream will be threatened as the rivers can no longer drain properly during flood conditions associated with storm that bring surges adding to the higher sea level..

            This is major problem with climate change that is seldom addressed..

            We are screwed… And we have done it to ourselves…

            Nukes are just a symptom of a much bigger problem

          • gottagetoffthegrid

            here is a site that shows the daily melt area of the greenland ice sheet for your viewing pleasure:


            I had a great link to a USGS study from 1999 that did an accounting of the sea rise potential from all of the major ice sheets in the world. it used to be here:


            but the link has been lost. Maybe PattieB can dig it up.

      • Teddi Teddi

        Do some research before spewing the AGW garbage. We are headed back into a cold cycle and Antarctica has added snow/ice mass, while the Arctic just turned the corner and is headed back to adding both as well – there is no abnormal sea level rise.

  • BirdOfTheFeather BirdOfTheFeather

    Just more stupid B/S from a pack of fools that don't have a clue about what to do with the mess they have made ,,, Someone might want to inform them that it looks like their spent fuel pools have been catching on fire

  • weeman

    Of course the radiation levels are lower in reactor, the fuel is ex vessel.

    • We Not They Finally

      weeman, you've just been awarded the "Duh" prize on behalf of us all!

    • omniversling

      "…the very high levels were likely to be even higher than those within the reactor units themselves."

      That'll be why the robots sent in to see WTF was left in there were fried..

      (sarc off)

      And what does that say about the toxicity of the kak in the trenches? Or is it just another fluffy puff of meaningless PR from the flapping mouths of lying nukumpoops?

  • Charles Charles

    The pathway that took us to the advent of nuclear power is littered with bodies. I find it so hard to believe with all the bodies hitting the floor, now that we have it, they want to continue?!

  • razzz razzz

    Waters coming in direct contact with the melted fuels, wherever they are and they can't stop it.

    Typhoon season won't help matters. Things are getting worse not better.

    There is really no plan to deal with the results of what they thought could never happen.

    Where do you put a lake full of radioactive water?

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Does anyone have a handle on the mechanism of how water reacts with radiation? I can't help feeling that all the recent flash floods that have happened here and there are related in some way. I have seen very strange looking clouds here in Oregon that have dumped HUGH amounts of rain in a short time. The weather men never seem to be able to forcast this stuff. What gives?

    • the north pole is now A LAKE !!!

    • BirdOfTheFeather BirdOfTheFeather

      Well now that we have huge storms moving backwards across the country ,, Who knows ???

    • razzz razzz

      Your storm was from topical moisture that moved out of the Gulf of Mexico across Texas to the West Coast and up towards you to get caught up in the normal wind patterns. Topical moisture is hard to predict where it will fall but you do get those huge hit and miss thunderheads that build up out of nowhere and dumps. Nevada and Arizona were really hit. Maybe an overactive monsoon season this year. So far no hurricanes to speak of. Media will really play one up when it happens.

      Radiated particles just go with the flow, also hit and miss where they will rain down.

    • We Not They Finally

      pinksailmatt, we wondered the same thing. We're in NM and this summer has been VERY a-typically rainy and cool. For about two weeks, we were having heavy thunderstorms every day. Then we remembered that there were HUGE rain-outs, especially in California. just a few weeks after the catastrophe, that were high in radioactivity. We also thought that maybe it was part of the "backwards storms" phenom. (Whole bad separate topic: Gulf Stream weakens.)

      We don't know. We just try to stay out of the rain!

      • mairs mairs

        I'm in New Mexico too, and it's the monsoon season now. It's supposed to rain every afternoon. Well, I'm in the northern central area and it's been very hot this summer, but the monsoons came on time for my area.

    • Increase in global temperature, means that the air can now hold a LOT more moisture. Because whole forests are burning, they cannot moderate the local weather, as they normally do.

      More positive ions in the air also affect storms, making them more violent. Everything man does creates more positive ions; maybe the neutron storms coming out of all reactors affect this too?

      Add all of these together, plus lots more particles in the air from dust, nuclear 'hot' particles, chemicals, etc all thrown into the air from civilization, and you get SUPER STORMS. Violent, quick, and HUGE amounts of water coming down almost instantly.

      It will now be the new normal to get a years worth of rain in one day or LESS. Then, maybe no more rain the whole year.

      Get used to it… and worse.

    • mandog

      The government owns the weather. Hidden in plain sight. The drought in California and flooding every where else is all man made weather modification. Here is a link that explains some of it. Good info. Details begin at about 6 minutes and if you have any doubt go to 15.30 minutes and you will see enough to make you want to watch all 30 minutes. All of this "unusual weather" is man made and part of the plan.
      Nexrad Weather Control: Tornado Creation 101

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    And on top of that…I checked time-lapse weather radar readings right after it happened and I didn't see anything showing up! Are the water particles so small that the radar won't bounce off them? Does the radiation mixed with the water vapor prevent the radar from showing a signature?

  • BREAKING News :
    Emergency shutdown at ukrainian nuklear plant
    Whitnesses say about nuklear blast of Unit 1 at Zaporozka NP on Ukraine
    Gov: no immediate danger.
    Mass buying Lugol in Poland

    Admin please set new headline

      • We Not They Finally

        They are breaking down more and more. Shelf life 40 years usually means that, not 50 or 60. (I don' know about this particular plant.) There are reasons why the shutdown of San Onofre was considered a "freak" occurrence. Governments don't want to go through de-commissioning for various atrocious reasons.

        • We Not They Finally

          blackbuddha, you mentioned Lugol and we didn't know what it is so we looked it up. That's Lugol's IODINE yes? So mass buying of Lugol has to be bad.

    • irhologram

      From the link: Internauts write about explosion in one of power station atomic on east from poland from several days. Transferred has broken up in (to) network information fastly very, but they do not do not know poles already today begin buying liquid Lugola. Same, it use which (who) in our country after explosion of power station in (to) Czarnobylu. However, ADVERTISING turns out , that informations of explosions of power stations know it gossip only. It indicate on our fix-ups – nothing, that (in order to) whatever can happen at we in poland bad, if (or) at our neighbors monika has said from state agency in conversation with radio – Kaczyńska Atomistyki RMF FM. In special message added < add > also PAA, that reports are about mining for air of radioactive substance " false ". It write down deviations from norm " " message announces -. Gossips on internet forums appearing and ukrainian equivalent has denied portals also społecznościowych PAA. Besides, they do not confirm information of event international agency of atomic energy and government center of safety.

      They're saying "internauts" (that's us) started a rumor.

    • We Not They Finally

      I tried your link. It's in Polish. Tried a regular google and came up blank. YES, it should be researched and covered in ENE.

      • irhologram

        We not they finally. Please see translation I posted. They're saying there are no higher e readings than the variant just like we see for high, low, and mean on and that the Atomic Energy Commission is reporting no event.

    • Unless confirmed through another source, this looks like a rumor that got out of control.

      Are there any radiation readings from Europe that are spiking?

    • To see the pace of the world as a heart beat.

      To see the pain of the world, as a mother.

      To take the weight of the world on your shoulders, is impossible.

      It takes many,

      Thanks to everyone that is trying…


  • "A research team led by a professor emeritus from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University sent out questionnaires in March of 2013 to 1,200 people across Japan between the ages of 15 and 79. 94% of respondents felt that the Fukushima disaster was not under control as the government and TEPCO have claimed."

    Almost everyone in Japan knows… the Emperor is not wearing any clothes.

    The only people that believe the lies are the liars and a few faithful who buy the propoganda hook line and sinker.

  • lickerface lickerface

    Station ID 5:811
    Billings, MT, US
    CPM: current 726
    Low 520
    High 969
    Average 618, Deviation 56.2
    (CPM of Gamma in energy range 600-800keV)

    When the high hits 1000 this week, what's the protocol? Are they going to raise the accepted limit to 10,000 CPM?

    • Sickputer

      I was told a government nuclear scientist in Alaska over two years ago said they considered sustained 2,000 CPM to be the first serious level of concern for the US standards.

      • norbu norbu

        Sickputer, my chart says 500 cpm "even more dangerous, shelter or leave" 2000? scary. thanks

          • Sickputer

            This page has some good info on the various sustained CPM levels:


            Excerpt: "Days compared with the avg. annual human exposure (U.S.)

            207 (at 100 CPM)
            42 (at 500 CPM)
            14 (at 1,500 CPM)
            2 (at 10,000 CPM)

            Days to receive dose for increase cancer risk of 1 in a 1,000

            432 (at 100 CPM)
            86 (at 500 CPM)
            28 (at 1,500 CPM)
            4 (at 10,000 CPM)

            Days for earliest onset of radiation sickness

            25,937 (at 100 CPM)
            5,187 (at 500 CPM)
            1,729 (at 1,500 CPM)
            259 (at 10,000 CPM)"

            • Kassandra

              of course, these numbers grossly under-state long-term effects and do not address internal exposure and bio-accumulation.

              I was told 1000 was the level of concern for the EPA's radnet sensors by our state's radiation protection shill.

              The radnet system is more sensitive than the average person's geiger counter.

              For a hand-held geiger counter, sustained 100 cpm was/is cause for concern.

              • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

                RadNet will never allow you to see readings at 1000, but it really varies between stations. What I have been seeing is a gradual racheting down of the scales of most locations…ie spikes that should register 500 have been coming in at 250 or 125.
                You can also see blank sectors on the graphs, when the readings are just ready to sky. They have put some sort of limiter on that just flat lines the graph when it reaches a certain point. However, this really makes it easy to see the bad times when you know what the "no data" areas mean. RadNet trys to pass it off as "device error" or "station down for recalibrate" but that has got to be a bunch of BS. Luckly, when one area gets wacked hard, you can usually go to another area and get a feel for what happened. RadNet should be useful, but as 3/19/11 showed, no one rang the alarm bell. Hell…the readings went dark for weeks, and when they finally posted them, it was painfully obvious that the graph was a BIG LIE!!!
                We have larger spikes right now than what it showed. This is the same problem that the Japanese Gvmt is having with TEPCO right now. TEPCO is not very polished in the way it can weasel word and hide the truth. Esp when you have people, like the ones on this site, who will challenge and watch and research what the hell is going on. Thank you to EVERYONE here that is doing this!!!

    • We Not They Finally

      Apparently, what used to be a hazmat alert, is now "the new normal." There should readings posted in lights in public places and education how read them. But we are so NOT moving in that direction.

  • They only reported one turbine basement but there are 4 questionable turbine basements not to mention melted out reactor basements and every basement on site has become a water repository. Cracks in basement foundation is one source radiated water leaks into groundwater which due to proximity, leaks into ocean.

    Underground streams sourced from nearby mountains is source of Fukushima natural groundwater. As groundwater must be running through some part of the ruinous melted out tragedy that is second source of radiation to Pacific. The cooling system is constantly pouring water on the three ruined reactors and water level is low due to unrepairabble leaks at melt through point and possible Earthquake damage. That is the third source of leaking to the ocean water. Then there are the leaking storage tanks of recirculated coolant water that cant be filtered anymore rendering it useless. That is four sources. Can anyone think of more? Most under reported disaster ever thanks to Money Worshipping.

    • razzz razzz

      Any land runoff from rains and wind blown fallout finds its way back to sea from the island.

      Sea tidal action constantly mixing with contaminated freshwater tables draws radioactive poisons into the sea.

      On going de-construction disturbs radioactive debris creating 'hot' airborne dust.

      Those concrete trenches holding highly radioactive waters will themselves become irradiated and have to be dealt with as nuclear waste just like the storage farm tanks.

  • Sol Man

    The serious threat was really upon us since Dec. 2, 1942 when Fermi and friends were tinkering under the bleachers at Stagg Field, University of Chicago. It has been downhill ever since.