Tepco has emergency press conference about new highly radioactive leak at Fukushima Daiichi

Published: April 5th, 2013 at 1:31 pm ET
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Kyodo News, April 6, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that contaminated water may have leaked into soil from an underground reservoir tank at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. A radioactive substance has been detected in water accumulated between soil around the tank and the outer layer of a waterproof sheet covering the tank. The tank is covered by three layers of waterproof sheets. According to TEPCO and the Nuclear Regulation Authority, around 6,000 becquerels of radiation per cubic centimeter was logged in the water on Friday. [...]

Fukushima Diary (h/t Anonymous tip): By this January, 96% of contaminated water storage facility was full. They made 4 holes underground and has been using them for the emergency water storage facility. On 4/5/2013, Tepco announced they found the highly contaminated water leaking into the ground. [...] Tepco is going to hold an emergency press conference at 1:30AM of 4/6/2013 (JST). [...] See Tepco‘s announcement here

See also: Japan Engineer: Fukushima contaminated water to go in giant pit -- "It can easily be discharged underground" (VIDEO)

Published: April 5th, 2013 at 1:31 pm ET
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51 comments to Tepco has emergency press conference about new highly radioactive leak at Fukushima Daiichi

  • I'm getting a sickly feeling:

    Power Outage Hits Fukushima Nuclear Plant Again
    APR 5, 2013 05:53 AM ET // BY CHRISTINA REED
    http://news.discovery.com/earth/power-outage-again-hits-fukushima-nuclear-plant-130405.htm

    "For two hours on Friday, for the second time in a month, the power for the cooling system at the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan failed in reactor No. 3. Last time a dead rat was found in the wiring. This time the act of putting up nets, to keep the rats and other animals out, was given as the cause."


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  • Sol Man

    Pu- I think many here have had that sickly feeling from day one.

    But, the Pacific Ocean is so vast. It will always be there to feed the world's peoples.

    But, they are highly regarded phd's so they will tell us what to do!

    There is no danger for the public. Everything is under control.

    Peace, Sol Man


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    curious to what's meant by they're having "…made 4 holes underground…"? Is this an admission that they purposely drilled (or some such thing) into the earth and are pumping overflow into it, in response to the overflow 'emergency' condition? The Japanese article shows no graphics. Unless they've discovered some new horror they can't coverup, why would they be admitting to such action…


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      AFTERSHOCK, I think TEPCO is running out of storage space for the contaminated water thus they placed four holes in the ground to use as temporary storage. I'm sure they used sheeting, etc to prevent leakage but obviously it did not work. So much happening it's make my head spin.


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        if you recall moonshellblue, we were all laughing (in pain) when they announced the pipelines that were to be used on these 'temporary' storage pools. Yep…like a bad horror movie…heads are spinning…


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      • In the first year, they built 1,000, 10,000 ton each metal tanks, designed to last ONE year. They are now leaking.

        Then they switched to bladders in pits. Dig a hole, drop a sheet of plastic in it, fill it with radiation, cover with plastic..

        Now they have the equivalent of 2,000 – 10,000 ton each water tanks on site, running out of room, and they are all leaking, because it was a rube goldberg affair, all 'temporary'.

        Only problem.. groundwater is high and ocean is right there too.

        Leaks go straight into ocean.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Yes, it has to be "some new horror." Thee aren't exactly people who love keeping the world up-to-date.


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    • jec jec

      Get ready to hear a lot more. They will provide figures which HIDE the true dangers..like the use of Million BQs. Which, of course, few people pick up. The Pacific is going to be toast, with Japan first. It will not make anyone happier to see Japan suffer first –as we will soon have the identical issues world wide. Why didnt the international community get involved when it could have really made a difference..or was the disaster so huge no one can make a difference???? Hello Mr. PHD's who are continuing to say "all is fin", "smile"…are you smiling when you read this news release?


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  • nohobear nohobear

    The old nuke rule still applies. Whatever they are admitting to, multiply by a least a factor of 10.


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  • We Not They Finally

    The previous article from last October referenced above, had a Japanese engineer saying that the extra storage space they were building for contaminated water would be likely to crack in another earthquake. Well, they had another earthquake about a week back. But these still are not people to 'fess up. So one has to suspect that this might be a prelude to claiming that they have to dump zillions of gallons directly into the ocean upcoming and ongoing.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Since there's no way to verify what TEPCO reports now, previously and in the future, and based on their fudged and discovered regular under reporting of the size of each event, you can expect BP type reporting where their estimates are purposely false. Like BP who reported only 1000 barrels/day were leaking when it turned out to be over 60,000 barrels/day.

    That lie and the continued under reporting prolonged mobilization of solutions that may have/could have reduced the time to kill the well and in turn reduce the size of the spill.

    It's all bulls#@t, and when the inevitable happens, we'll all be hearing how the MOU "never figured on that". The MSM complicit with the WHO, the nuclear experts, the politicians, their shills, and rest of the other scumbags who have gotten us into this mess, will be there to tell you what really happened…and it will be too late.

    I'm one who believes we've passed the tipping point on this clusterf#@k, and it is too late already.


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    • Cisco Cisco

      Bulls#@t…Oh here's another good one! It was reported recently that the spent fuel pools could go for 2 weeks without cooling water in the event of an outage.


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    • We Not They Finally

      You thought that they KILLED that well? Wow, you're the optimistic one. As anyone could check (though few did as wall-to-wall lies ar daunting to keep track of): The videocam BEFORE Hurricane Bonnie in the summer of 2010 showed gushing oil at a specific latitude and longitude. The videocam AFTER Hurriane Bonnie showed a capped well but at a different latitude and longitude! Someone checked and the lease documents from the feds showed TWO exploratory wells: Macondoo 252A and Macondo 252B. Well A (the one we wound up seeing on the switched-out videocam) had already been capped the year before. Well B was apparently never capped at all. But worse: As Matt Simmons (had been Bush Sr.'s energy advisor — credible within the field)said (before shortly thereafter meeting his untimely death), they had drilled A HOLE into the seabed and the oil would be gushing permanently. Then the interviewer (then Dylan Ratigan at MSNBC) asked Simmons why they didn't just say so, he replied, "Because they would go to prison and lose their fortunes." Simmons survived that on-air comment by all of ten days.


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      • Thad

        WtnF
        LOL – LOL you still can not accept that Simmons was not a scientist but a stick manipulator. Bought 8,000 shares while scream doom and gloom- I have posted the records to you several times
        And you know nothing about drlg. 252a at 5,000 ft was plugged and abandoned when rig pulled off for hurricane- standard procedure. Cheaper to start new well than re-enter and re-open 252a
        So where is the slick from the hole in the bottom of the sea.
        Why has the 4 USCG supervised ROV surveys and the NOAA ROV survey not found–NOAA also did an extensive bottom mapping survey using multi-beam sonar and found nothing–


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      • Cisco Cisco

        WNTF…No, I don't think they killed the well. I used the term "killed the well" as an end point, to illustrate the false reporting/disclosures regarding those so parties so conflicted. The foxes always end up in charge of the chicken coops. That's what makes capitalism so great, right!

        The leaks near the well continue at a somewhat slower pace currently, but in time as Simmons suggested between the lines, Macondo's not over. I think we've been recently seeing evidence of seeping oil in the Macondo Prospect.


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        • Thad

          Cisco
          There were natural seeps in the area before the well was ever drld– documented by NOAA — they are still there. The blow out was from the production formation through a wellbore steel cased and sealed with cement to the wellhead/ BOPs. The surrounding formations were never exposed to the blow-out pressure. The blow out was because BP negligence caused the internal cement plug to fail- This has all been documented and presented in court. Just as the conditions on bottom have been verified.
          But that does not matter when one choses to ignore so they can keep their illusion of on going disaster alive. Yet present nothing but rumor, gossip and fantasy.
          Matt Simmons – surely for a man so famous you could find a least one document to verify his scientific training and background–??? If not then his muttering in the interview was no more than a stock manipulator doing his thing.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    This a great site, I hope to become welcome & to share what I find as I dig deep into world events! All things are connected in many ways, 1st is the world finance & who has the money makes the rules no matter how deadly they are!


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  • razzz razzz

    When I was following the construction of these temporary pools, they didn't even line them with concrete. A breach will saturated the soil and make matters worse.

    It will take 2 weeks to transfer the water and empty the leaking pond. Pics of the temporary pond construction at Fukushima Diary…

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/100-tones-of-contaminated-water-may-have-already-leaked-to-the-ground/


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  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Just a calibration for everyone here.

    By definition there are 1000 cubic centimeters in one liter.

    So the emission reference here is better represented by describing it as 6,000,000 Bq/l (6 million Bq per liter)

    To me, the latter perspective puts it in to a better perspective
    than what was presented.


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  • Sickputer

    Yes… It all sounds so typical for these insane Dr. Frankenstein nucleocrats. Dig huge pits in the ground, line them with saran wrap, and fill them up with plutonium-laced toxic sludge. The stuff only needs to be contained for about a million years so that sounds like a winner don't you think!

    The Tepco/Diet puppets learned their lessons well from the US nucleocrats and their magic saran wrap tricks.

    This nuclear Saran tale begs for a repost of mine four days ago:

    "Remember the "tiny" 300 ton South Korean-built reactor vessel that took three years to build and then it fell off the railcar near the port of Savannah last December? No problem! It was protected with Saran wrap! Not even a slight tear of the covering material despite 600,000 pounds of metal falling on a rocky railbed. A freakiing miracle worthy of another Mark Burnett miniseries!

    "“It was fully contained in shrink wrap and there was no damage, not even to the shrink wrap itself,” said Joey Ledf­ord, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    http://m.chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-01-14/reactor-vessel-awaits-second-try-get-plant-vogtle

    SP: You can't make this shit up! So now we know Saran wrap was the missing backup system at Fukushima. Hell, it probably would have contained the whole blast at Unit 3 and then could have been disposed of like a 500-foot condom!


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @Sickputer

      Thank you SP. The preposterous absurdity of the NRCs remarks continue to amaze me. They seem to think they are believable. I had a letter from one of the Intervenors in the lawsuit to stop Levy County I & II today. They are livid and also believe the Atomic Safety Licensing Board knew all along in Bronson that they would agree to license those plants. I don't see why the taxpayers should continue to pay for this type of rubber stamp since clearly, that is what it is. Oops. I should have posted on the General Discussion Thread for Nuclear.


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    • Saran wrap could have prevented all of the explosions at FUKU, if only they had used it to wrap the buildings…

      Darn, another opportunity missed !


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  • Jebus

    Tepco's just tearing the pages right out of the crowd sourced documentary, "Sixty Years of Hanford".

    Tepco's rewriting history, the same as it ever was…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU
    Time isn't holding us…

    It's really down to whether or not the ocean can survive this now.

    I remember in the NRC transcripts, these famous last words, "It's not our disaster"
    Remember that, Gregory?

    This has to stop. Someone, some group, some event, has to bring this to the surface. Anyone, any entity, who can ratchet the response to this assault on every living thing on this planet is needed right now.

    Anyone care to step up and save all life?

    Someone in power with a soul?

    The threat is real and it might be too late…


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    • Punishment…

      Here's another TEPCO press release I found interesting.

      Apr 3rd, 2013
      Personnel Disciplinary Action

      "Delayed reports and public announcements as well as the long hours spent on restoration in response to the power supply failure of Units 1-4 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station that occurred on March 18th, 2013 has caused tremendous inconvenience and anxiety to the people of Fukushima and broader society.

      Effective today, a decision has been made to implement the following disciplinary actions.

      President Naomi Hirose: 5% salary cut for a one month period
      Executive Vice President Zengo Aizawa: 5% salary cut for a one month period
      Managing Executive Officer Akio Komori: 5% salary cut for a one month period

      In addition to the above action, a severe warning will be issued to four other employees."
      – from TEPCO

      http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2013/1226071_5130.html
      ___________________________________

      "a severe warning…" – TEPCO
      "WHAT?" – ChasAha


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @Jebus

      Sorry Jebus, I'm beginning to feel like Cassandra. The one in power not only understands nothing of nuclear power, he's obviously not a Constitutional scholar either. The only thing I can think of,if I'm still alive when they build the plants in Levy County, is to stand on the highway right-of-way filming their every move and posting it daily to YouTube with appropriate commentary. Maybe eventually it would begin to sink into the heads of those who need to know. The ones who presently know are not enough.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Jebus, I just had to respond with this as it fits the situation so perfectly.

      http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/talking+heads/once+in+a+lifetime_20135070.html

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXBREk72ynM

      "Letting the days go by, water flowing underground. Into the blue again, into silent water …. Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground. Same as it ever was …."

      And "Life During Wartime"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obAtn6I5rbY

      "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, thia ain't no foolin' around …."


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  • Sol Man

    "It's really down to whether or not the ocean(s) cans survive this now."

    With the interconnectedness of the oceans it is more than the Pacific, coupled with the inability of the shut off, I feel time is ebbing. So make peace while we can.


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  • Jebus

    All that I have witnessed in my lifetime, is why I said, "the ocean"…


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Considerable quake activity around Honshu, see… http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/


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  • retali8 retali8

    notice they(tepco ala tepscum) are just starting to report "mishaps", because people are clicking on to this, and they(tepco) wanna save there sorry asses
    the news has all come 2 years too late, most enenews' users who have followed since day 1 have known we are fighting a losing battle here and we are desperate for new technology, firstly start with those coriums reported to be KM's under the plant. Tepco u really have started to panic and release some "breaking" news, all of which is too little too late.


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