Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m³ in basements at Fukushima — Record levels reported at 5 locations near ocean — U.S. Senior Scientist: “We see strontium becoming more of concern… food chain will have to be studied more carefully”

Published: June 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 am ET
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JIJI PRESS, May 29, 2014: [TEPCO] said Thursday that it plans to improve a cesium adsorption system [...] to enable it to remove strontium. The move is aimed at reducing risks when radioactive water leaks from storage tanks [...] TEPCO plans to begin test operation of the improved SARRY system at the end of August. Highly radioactive water [is] accumulating in the basements of the No.1 to No. 4 reactor buildings [with] strontium levels standing at 40 million to 500 million becquerels per liter [500 billion becquerels per metric ton (Bq/m³)].

Tepco, Detailed Analysis Results in the Port of Fukushima Daiichi NPS, around Discharge Channel and Bank Protection — Underground Water Obtained at Bank Protection (pdf):

Results Published May 28, 2014 (Bq/liter):

KUSP, May 30, 2014: [Ken Buesseler, Senior scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution] doesn’t worry about cesium-containing fish swimming across the ocean and appearing in other fisheries. The situation is different for strontium-90 [...] Strontium behaves like calcium, and it can replace calcium in your bones. “Instead of [cesium's] 50 days, think of more like 500 days, a couple of years, before it would be released back through natural processes,” he says. [...] In the ocean near the power plant, levels of strontium-90 have grown since the accident. But Buesseler says he hasn’t seen alarming numbers for strontium in fish yet. “Down the road, as we see strontium becoming more of concern, that isotope in the food chain will have to be studied more carefully,” he says. Buesseler hopes to monitor strontium levels in the ocean and seafloor near Japan in the future. Should that strontium move across the Pacific Ocean, it will take three years for it to reach the West Coast of the United States.

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249 comments to Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m³ in basements at Fukushima — Record levels reported at 5 locations near ocean — U.S. Senior Scientist: “We see strontium becoming more of concern… food chain will have to be studied more carefully”

  • GQR2

    Hey maybe they can sing and PR away the Hot Zone, and have a few more celebrities sing about how the at least 3 ongoing melt downs is nothing to worry about,move in,eat the food,be happy. The radiation is nothing to worry about.
    http://rt.com/news/164748-fukushima-happy-pharrell-williams/

    The world has song along,business as usual for many genocides this is the final one.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I can't stop puking either.. :(


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  • GQR2

    Its going to be an interesting week for all of us watching the WIPPlashers,crawl back into their holes,trying to shut down the conversation feign no knowledge.

    The Latest AP article,i don't want to pee in your latte,or harsh you mellow the AP(totally controlled) says the AP reporter but this is kind of sort of real. There are people who are scared (imagine that)
    Gee wilikers the people are scared. Let's send a cadre of student reporters over there. unbelievable.

    Remember people,give ulcers don't get em ;)


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  • Shaker1

    Sorry this is so far from the original set of comments, but there is something in Bill Shutt's claims that bothers me. While I won't doubt that he might be correct in what he says about the deposition of Sr and K in the tissues, if he's using this quoted statement he made to support what is said, "There has actually been very good research on the half-life of Strontium & it's 60 days" and his claims are somewhat predicated upon that, I'm a bit uncomfortable with it all. I'm not a chemist, nor a nuclear scientist, but all the data on half-life that I've seen for Sr-90 is on the order of 29 years and some change. Somehow the idea is that for the initiation of cancer there must be DNA damage, which I can accept. But I might ask, even if I'm unqualified, while that may be one direct causal form, if there aren't relationships of a dynamic system, the living body, that the simple form he proposes is the only form. Personally, I've a different idea (which I can't prove) that those causal relationships might be more complicated, though the manifestations might be similar, that keeps the 'cure' so elusive, assuming cancer or other things observed are manifestations and not a normal state. What is apparent is that Sr-90 is not natural, that there are observations that are anomalies, and dicounting single relationships might not be the proper course in such an environment.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    ..oops.. sorry… you are part of a selected "herd" of sheep from 70 reinforced corrals which are located inside 22 countries that are specifically fed/trained and supported/paid for by the Nuclear Industry?


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  • I love it when the schills do us a favor….they automatically re-spout the very things that misinform the unknowing public who can not imagine only MONEY runs the nuke 'em show at all levels. NOT common sense, scientific sense or safety…

    My god Bill Schill and Guy A. Troll….I'm cracking up, absolutely rolling on the floor, because now I've got a whole new page of your incorrect Spewness along with Enenewrs corrective sanity that I can copy/paste to all the friends and forums where I do daily updates. My 10 year old grandson would be able to debate you. And he'd do it for free. He always says those guys that don't care about us get paid to say bad stuff, don't they.

    So thanks for the appearance….and I especially love having all the informative links posted in one place. Awesome day! Thanks Enewsers! You rocked it!


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    • Bill Schutt

      Why don't you give your grandson to independently find out how many natural Becquerels live in the ocean?
      Avoid giving him any directions, just ask him to find out from Prof Google. See what he comes up with.

      I do hope you've repeated many times my claim that the natural radiation in the ocean is 30000x than the Fukushima release. It's easily verifiable, and absolutely true. That's the conclusion so many have reluctantly come to like James Hansen, James Lovelock, Barry Brook and 1000s of others


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Bill, since the animals living in the ocean for millions of years did not die out due to DNA damage caused by k-40, yet much smaller amounts of other radioactive isotopes cause illness and death, there must be a reason…or several reasons why this is so. And why this comparison is misleading. Can you enumerate/elucidate them?


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        • Bill Schutt

          Animals have survived the 16000 ExaBcq of K40, Rb87, Ca14, H3, U238, U235, Th232 in the ocean. They have DNA repair mechanisms. After Fukushima, they now have another 0.5 ExaBcq to cope with. This will add another 0.003% Bcq to the problem.

          You might also want to visit Ramsar in Iran.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsar,_Mazandaran


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Bill, are you really so confident in your overview of the toxicology? We know there are repair mechanisms. Its obviously not as simple as that, or this would be a logical conclusion of your premise; The ocean could handle 30,000 more Fukushima meltdowns/explosions.

            Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky, correlated whole body radiation levels of 10 to 30 Becquerels per kilogram of whole body weight with abnormal heart rhythms and levels of 50 Becquerels per kilogram of body weight with irreversible damage to the tissues of the heart and other vital organs. Only children with less than 10 Becquerels per kilogram of body weight had normal Electro Cardiograms

            500 days ingestion of as little as 10 becquerels per day from cesium will exceed the levels found by Bandazhevsky to be harmful.

            After thousands of scientific studies conducted in the affected regions around Chernobyl UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that Chernobyl had caused chronic illness in 7 million people, and the premature deaths of 3 million children. We can roughly extrapolate that Fukushima will cause over 80 times this illness and death, and if you multiply again by your 30,000 it would kill 1000 planets worth of people. So clearly there is something wrong with your analysis


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      • "Bill Schutt
        June 10, 2014 at 3:23 am · Reply
        Why don't you give your grandson to independently find out how many natural Becquerels live in the ocean?
        Avoid giving him any directions, just ask him to find out from Prof Google. See what he comes up with."

        I'm surprised you can't figure that out Bill. Statistics are distracting dry and time wasters to a curious kid. He's in San Diego right now with his mom, visiting the same beaches they swam in a year ago….comparing what he sees on the rocks and in the tide pools.

        He's merely a young investigative reporter gathering evidence…such as seen here…

        http://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/pacificrockyintertidal/data-products/sea-star-wasting/index.html

        You could benefit from some boots on the ground curiosity Bill. :)


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      • Stax Stax

        Hansen,Lovelock ,Brook and 1000s of others are obviously wrong oh obfuscator,your smokescreen is very silly,do you imagine the reactors are powered by bananas and that k40 is the only byproduct?
        Where have you been all these days,just think of all the worry you could have saved.
        Oh aye Leuren Moret knows a lot more than most,Leuren is quite an exceptional human being,perhaps what you are missing is Critical Thinking.


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  • GuyGadois

    At the end of that vitriol of abuse, it still remains a fact that the entire radiation release from Fukushima is less than 1/30000 of the natural radiation in the ocean.


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  • GQR2

    Guy that's great you stand right there,have a few bananas,go surfing or sailing,and have some sushi. You have won free tickets to California Rivera as a prize for the best assessment of Fukushima ever!!! YAY GUY you are so smart. so good you stand by your assessment and don't forget to bring your children.


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  • Sickputer

    nuclear supporters… Take the modified Bernie Cohen challenge with an Enenews volunteer. You eat one hundredth gram of Strontium-90 and we will consume two pounds of bananas and a big cup of Brazil nuts.

    Take your time and post back in the morning. Or better yet…post quickly after ingestion. It will be quite an experience.


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  • LOL SP! So do we give those 2 schills a pass? or a fail? …. for appearing here to fulfill what ever obfuscation quota their bosses gave them to complete before they get their next job evaluation.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Last, I am not sure either of these people can or should be considered shills. I do not look at all newcomers to this site that question our current combined negative thoughts/beliefs about Nuclear Power Technology as shills. They may have valid arguments from an education stuck in/shoved into their minds that is currently a little misguided. When these people arrive we should give them the information/education that they need to reassess their current thinking about the inherent dangers of using Nuclear Technology on this planet.

    We already have large swaths of land on the Earth that is rendered uninhabitable and the square miles grow each time a Nuclear Accident occurs on the face of this planet. Many people do not realize what is like to have their once owned property ripped from them in heart beat or what it is like to fight an incurable cancer and/or to be close to death from the chemo treatments required.

    The negatives concerning the use of Nuclear Power on this planet are now growing exponentially and we need to keep the direction focused on proper education for all those that arrive here at enenews.com. :)

    It makes no sense to use a poison to heat water and generate electricity when the Sun's energy is harmless and free for the entire world! :)


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  • Obe, you have an admirable talent for being a good cop when appropriate and you & many here provide the data that I'm pretty lame at remembering. I respect that. A lot. I felt more like letting my inner mother bear do the talking on this one. :)


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