Tepco admits “radiation levels in groundwater are soaring” at Fukushima — “Strontium readings spike 6,500-fold in one day” (VIDEO)

Published: October 18th, 2013 at 10:19 pm ET


The Japan Times, Oct 18, 2013: Strontium readings spike 6,500-fold in one day […] Radiation levels in groundwater under Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are soaring, Tepco said Friday after taking samples from an observation well. Tepco said 400,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting substances such as strontium were detected in water sampled Thursday from the well […] The level of becquerels, a record high for water in that well, was up 6,500-fold from the 61 becquerels found Wednesday. Tepco was planning to pump groundwater up […] before the water flows into the damaged reactor buildings and becomes heavily contaminated with radioactive materials. But that plan appears in jeopardy because the sharp increase in the levels of radioactive materials in the observation well suggest the radioactive groundwater is spreading. […] It is believed some 400 tons of radioactive groundwater is flowing into the Pacific daily. […]

NHK, Oct. 18, 2013: They also said the level of radioactive tritium also tripled to the highest-ever figure of 790,000 becquerels per liter.

Asahi, Oct. 18, 2013: TEPCO also said Oct. 18 a record level of radioactivity was found in a drainage ditch […] The water taken on Oct. 17 contained 28,000 to 34,000 becquerels of beta ray sources, such as radioactive strontium, per liter, about 10 times higher than the previous day. The levels apparently rose because radioactive materials on the ground flowed into the ditch during Typhoon No. 26 on Oct. 16 […]

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Published: October 18th, 2013 at 10:19 pm ET


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31 comments to Tepco admits “radiation levels in groundwater are soaring” at Fukushima — “Strontium readings spike 6,500-fold in one day” (VIDEO)

  • Jack Jack

    "levels are soaring". Isn't that normal in a triple meltdown? And what's going up that 400' stack that's got structural damage half way up. They can't repair it because it's emitting 10 sieverts. What's going up that stack to cause such a high reading? More criminality, I'm afraid.

  • larry-andrew-nils

    with all the headlines relating to groundwater, it sounds like there's no release into the air.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Reactor 3 continues to steam openly every single day. Larry, you and Jack sound like shills, trying to downplay actual events on the ground. Whats up with that?

      • larry-andrew-nils

        im saying the headlines don't reflect any air dangers. that, past headlines for days have been ignoring air.

        i am very concerned and i want someone to monitor my air for me… i deserve it… i pay taxes.

        i'm sure that jack and i are not shills. i think you are quick to assume and quick to judge, saint.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    R A D I A T I O N . S I C K N E S S

    Water, air, it's everywhere .. radiating people without them knowing.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Check October 11 & 4; it seems that the most dire of these reports are released on weekends…

    Wouldn't the concentration of beta emitters be distributed somewhat evenly among those leaking tanks…?

    If yes, then the groundwater spikes would be within the same relative range…

    … therefore, these increases in strontium and tritium are produced by fissioning from the corium, which hasn't been cooled by impurities. The melted cores are still hot…and producing steam.

    Tell me again how they're going to finesse the remains of that #4SFP without the term 'under control…'

    Enjoy the weekend…

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      The idea of the molton cores made me reflect to what degree we consider hot. I took an industrial arts course when I was a high school student. In one class we had a foundry project in which ingots of scrap iron were melted and cast into silica molds.

      Two football players, me and Big Jim Skinner were selected by the teacher how to remove the pots with the melted iron from the furnace by using a two-person scissor-like set of tongs to walk across the floor and pour it into the molds. The work was hot and tedious; we wore long heavy aprons and gloves and were both sweating; our classmates stood well back in a semicircle without being told; and they were quiet as white hot molten metal says danger. (I decided I would stay in school so as to avoid such hard and dangerous jobs in the midwestern foundries and steel mills; I loved working alongside my dad but he had me aim for something different.)

      • MichaelV MichaelV

        The heat of no more than 10-20 pounds of molten iron can raise the room temp of a shop area a few degrees; likewise the internal temperature of your automobile engine can raise the temperature your garage, and it is nowhere near its melting point.

        When I think of 1700 tons of molten uranium in the ground water at the Fukushima site, it is hotter than anything I can imagine, and to think them remediating this disaster in such conditions leaves a lot of questions unanswered

  • timex

    This is the most unbelievable mega mega utter nonsense bullshit crap opinion that i have ever read in my entire life:


    "There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster"

    Wtf!? That moron should go spend some quality time in to Fukushima plant area and feel the disaster ….

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    One question is whether or not the molten reactor cores, water, steam and mud has created a pressure vessel of sorts that brings even more ground water into the area, keeping the corium in a stasis.

    Rods with cladding have to be removed when depleted of fuel, right…?

    Well, the molten cores aren't clad rods anymore, and until we know what's down there
    , there is no telling how long these reactions / criticalities are going to continue.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    The cores are showing no signs of cooling with unlimited groundwater flow; runoff from the typhoon may have caused this latest spike.

    I read somewhere that hot corium forms a crust like magma in seawater, when surrounded by water. How does it behave in steam, or mud..?

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      what if they poured boron down the lava tubes and it only made the reactions more angry and violent…like the monster on a slab in the lab…?

      The laws of physics involve entropy, but we don't know how long it will take but the corium will eventually cool; it's been two years, and if it goes another ten the oceans will destroyed.

      How is terrestrial life possible if Oceania is devoid of life…?

  • weeman

    It has only just begun.

  • antipodes

    Timex : Thank you for your compliment on Oct. I worked on it tirelessly. It is my first post. As I am new a newcomer to this place it is good to make new friends and learn about your kind. And thank you for your

  • antipodes

    keen insights. Energize.

  • antipodes

    October 17. A plan to fix the problems at Fukushima reactor sight.

  • We Not They Finally

    The different radionuclides create different diseases as they gravitate to different parts of the body. Strontium goes to the bone, creating bone cancer and leukemia. It's so criminal to not evacuate from these areas, especially the children.

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    Anything TEPCO says or admits to, add 30% more horror to it…and then you have the truth.

  • antipodes

    Fliers and bumper stickers to get the word out, hands on, no fuss no muss http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02lifesaver.PDF Engage at light speed. Energize.

  • FXofTruth

    Considering that there are hundreds of millions of people affected by this around the World and most people have access to the Internet… Why are there only 28 concerned and aware people posting comments on this site? Of the millions that are cruising the Internet, I would have thought 50,000 to 200,000 intelligent people would be following this disaster daily. These people would be eager to voice their opinions and ideas concerning this disaster.

    If not that many then surely 1,000 even 500 would show that a small percentage of people were aware of the dangers of this situation. But only 28 have the ambition to post something? This is one of the more "enlightened and informative" sites focused on these meltdowns. So, I can only conclude that either critically thinking people don't know about this site or, most people don't really care to know about anything that might hurt their brain.

    Watching this whole event from 3/11 until now, has been like watching the Three Stooges – Asian version. I must say that everything has been very well scripted to look like they are overwhelmed and confused on what to do. Great idea not pleading for International help. By not letting nations help, it has allowed this catastrophe go past the point of no return.

    They never do let a good crisis go to waste!