TEPCO unable to verify water levels at reactors No. 2 and 3 — Suspects water is leaking from damaged containment vessels

Published: April 26th, 2011 at 7:51 am ET
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TEPCO filling containment vessels; experts raise doubts, Asahi Shimbun, April 26, 2011:

[...] TEPCO has been unable to verify the water levels at the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, and suspect that water is leaking from the damaged containment vessels. …

At the No. 2 reactor, highly radioactive water is believed to be seeping through a hole in the suppression pool, which leads into the lower part of the containment vessel. [...]

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113 comments to TEPCO unable to verify water levels at reactors No. 2 and 3 — Suspects water is leaking from damaged containment vessels

  • radegan

    Great, another gem from TEPCO:

    “Ok, we have started the great experiment to see how much water weight damaged vessels can hold under the stress of hundreds of aftershocks. Oh, and, also two of those reactors are seeping and leaking from tiny fractures of no consequence.”


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      • FYI

        Here’s a list of actual words/phrases in the **media** used to describe the radiation from Japan in the U.S., (a few for Canada), etc.:

        Trace
        Traces
        Tiny
        Tiny, tiny, tiny
        Miniscule
        Scant
        Diluted
        Elevated
        Null
        Negligible
        Small
        Very small
        Very, very small
        Extremely small
        Low
        Harmless
        Low and harmless
        So low
        Very low
        Extremely low
        Ridiculously low
        Low so far
        A little elevated
        Little to fear
        Poses little risk
        Poses little danger
        Very little radiation risk
        Little impact
        “very little chance of harm due to radiation”
        Hardly any
        Barely detectable
        Barely above the ability to detect
        Barely reach the limits of detection
        Barely above natural background levels
        “…so small that it is extremely difficult to measure against normal background radiation ”
        Barely measurable
        Barely a trace
        Just barely registering
        Minor increase
        Well within safe limits
        Nothing to worry about
        No cause for concern
        “Absolutely of no concern”
        No threat
        Don’t panic
        Relax
        Nowhere near hazardous
        Not considered a health risk
        Not potentially harmful
        Does not pose a health risk
        Poses no public health risk
        No risk to health
        No radiation risk
        “…not anywhere close to something that would impact human health”
        “…about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening ”
        Equivalent to eating a banana
        Equivalent to a round-trip cross-country flight
        Equivalent to the amount of radiation a person receives from the natural environment
        (spinach) “you’d have to be Popeye to eat enough to worry”
        (milk) “if consumed for one year, equivalent to one CT scan”
        (water) “receiving one eighty-eight of a chest x-ray”
        (fish) “Sushi Safe From Japan Radiation as Ocean Dilutions Makes Risk Negligible”
        “The chances of any radioactive plume reaching the United States are ‘close to zero.’”
        “Harmful radiation from Japan is not reaching the United States”
        “United States won’t feel radiation from Japan”
        “Little chance of radiation in US: official”
        “Japan radiation little threat to world”
        “Japan situation is nowhere near Chernobyl: IAEA”
        “Japan raises nuclear crisis to same level as Chernobyl”


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        • extra knight

          all this big box mass media doublethink and doublespeak is making me dizzy. this is not a dream come true, the horizons of this orwellian nightmare is here upon us.

          eat a banana, go to jail.

          the medium is the message.


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          • Moonshelblu

            And no one speaks about alternatives such as Thorium which would dispose of spent fuel. Check out link for more info. If there is a reason why please tell me. http://youtu.be/eU3cUssuz-U


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          • mothra

            It’s the same death by different means – plus astronomically costly (better applied subsidy and insurance to sustainable non-lethal markets – that’ investment would make solar THE option sans death). That’s why.
            http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00155.htm
            “DANGERS – Powdered thorium metal is often pyrophoric and should be handled carefully. Thorium disintegrates with the eventual production of “thoron,” an isotope of radon (220-Rn). Radon gas is a radiation hazard. Good ventilation of areas where thorium is stored or handled is therefore essential. Exposure to thorium in the air can lead to increased risk of cancers of the lung, pancreas and blood. Exposure to thorium internally leads to increased risk of liver diseases. Thorium-232 decays very slowly (its half-life is about three times the age of the earth) but other thorium isotopes occur in the thorium and uranium decay chains. Most of these are short-lived but much more radioactive than Th-232.”


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        • Discordian

          Unbelievable.


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    • sunny

      Enjoy what’s left of your lives people. The time-line is short and approaching fast.

      As history repeats, many will die in this Fourth Turning…
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXcDiGpVtbc

      For those who paid attention, a major event was predicted for 3/11/11…
      http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/axis-trembles/

      http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/astrological-and-other-deep-insights-from-ca/


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      • Discordian

        Thanks for that sunny. On the bright side, you have persuaded me to change this glass of homemade Pinot Noir for a shorter vessel of Crown Royal Black, no ice.


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        • sunny

          Nice to know someone here actually took the time to click the link(s).

          It’s amazing how man’s follies, especially those of fear & greed, continue to suppress what could be greatness towards humanity century after century.

          Having said that, I think I’ll enjoy a shorter vessel myself of the Johnny Walker variant. The bottle sitting on the counter is starting to gather a little too much dust having sat there for a couple of years. Salud!


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    • mothra

      …since we don’t think the cores are in the vessels anymore anyway, but it’s too hot to look.” (redacted)

      I’m kidding, but seriously I don’t assume they are until proof to the contrary.


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      • tony wilson

        i have just contacted tepco and they have said sorry for the trouble caused.
        they have also given me a firm guarantee that the cores are not on the floor.
        that everything is in order and can i please eat plenty of leafy veggies when i am in tokyo next.
        it was a relief off my mind i tell you..


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  • Ya think to add a little dye to the WATER it might show up some place. Have they never been Caving??? Do they really have Degrees in anything other then the Marks Brothers run a Power Plant????


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  • Moonshelblu

    Oak Ridge in the 50′s is where we made the choice to use the current system instead of Thorium LFTR so we could make bombs. Maybe they should start digging underneath the reactors and attack the reactors from the bottom. They could at least reinforce the concrete, etc. Also, are they using Boron and why seawater? Geez, am I missing something, I thought seawater cause too many problems clogging pipes, corrosion. Things that make ya go hmmm.


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    • Anna

      Yes, sea water compounds the problem.


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    • xdrfox

      @ Moonshelblu
      I believe they would run into the water table being so close to the ocean !


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      • Moonshelblu

        Michio Kaku said something along these lines and also said the Japanese should use their Army like the Soviets did using 600.000 people running in for a short period of time. This makes sense to me instead of the 200 or so people currently trying to handle numerous problems at Fukushima. I wonder how long it will be until one of these things hit ground water or how long it takes for a creep rupture to reach the point of no return. I guess no one really knows and that is part of the problem.


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        • xdrfox

          Priorities ! ?
          With 12,000 still missing, Japan keeps searching
          By TOMOKO A. HOSAKA, Associated Press Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press – Mon Apr 25, 11:24 am ET
          SHICHIGAHAMAMACHI, Japan – A line of somber soldiers walked methodically through a drained swamp Monday, with each step sinking their slender poles into the muck beneath.

          If one hit a body, he would know.

          “Bodies feel very distinctive,” said Michihiro Ose, a spokesman for the Japanese army’s 22nd infantry regiment.

          The men were among 25,000 troops given the morbid duty of searching the rubble, the seas and the swamps of northeastern Japan for the bodies of the nearly 12,000 people still missing in last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

          The two-day…
          http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110425/ap_on_re_as/as_japan_earthquake


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          • xdrfox

            I will add that it took New Orleans almost a year to colect the 1,700 that died…

            NEW ORLEANS — Tim Williamson was asked this month to assess the state of his native New Orleans after the disaster.

            “After the disaster?” the nonprofit CEO quipped, with a seen-it-all mordancy that’s as common here as a pot-holed side street. “Which one?”

            The last few months have provided a roller-coaster run-up to Hurricane Katrina’s fifth anniversary, which will be observed here today with solemn prayers, a reunion of Superdome survivors and a jazz funeral for the more than 1,700 dead….
            http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/nation/new-orleans-shifts-between-hope-despair-886200.html


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        • xdrfox

          “point of no return
          That was on 311 !


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  • kx

    Like things are not epic enough…


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  • Deetu 3

    More dada-ist double talk from SHIT-Co. They should be indicted for their press releases alone,never mind the radiation releases.
    If they are unable to very water levels how can they infer anything??

    Shit-Co.:”When the orbital jellyfish umbrellas are fully deployed we will have round the clock defensive capability”

    “Shit-Co. the operator of the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant said conditions at the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant were stable last year,adding that trouble at the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant was not a cause for concern.
    The troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant is reported to have been slightly troubled in and around the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant..you are getting sleepy.. the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant…you are getting sleepy.. the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant…


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  • DarylAnn

    Does anyone else here find it incredibly creepy that there is absolutely NO coverage by the media? Personally I am horrified. Too many people are completely oblivious to the fact that there is even a problem……. it’s stunning!


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    • tony wilson

      we have all been conditioned through movies to have the struggling heroic reporter uncovering the conspiracy.
      but reality is different the so called democracies have a media that when called for can be just as tightly controlled as russia or iran.
      we have the veneer of the bbc,cbs,nbc and abc.
      the us channels is kind of understandable because they are owned by corporations all interconnected.
      the bbc has been a shock for me i knew that they were rotten but time after time have either not mentioned this or had scientists connected with the mega nuclear companies.
      honesty will result in food riots a collapse of world economies breakdown of society.
      and angry people going around to tony blairs house or rockerfellas for an angry chat.


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      • Moco

        The media outlets are just that. Outlets.
        They get feeds from thompson reuters and AP.
        They get their revenue from ?
        Nightly news broadcasts are nearly identical in stories and formats.
        They don’t investigatively research anything. They dressup with makeup artists and wait for the feed. Just like obamby waits to read the teleprompter.
        CNN,fux news, msnbc, cnbs, is to obtain slanted pointless opinions and spew to a sheeple public. Free press, is more like shill bullshit repeated by the minute, the hour and the day.


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    • Aftershock

      Yes, I’ve become friendly with staff at Whole Foods, which is pretty damn progressive on preventive health, healthy foods, etc. Presently, the staff are mainly in the dark on the disaster, its magnitude and public health ramifications ….They better get up to speed!! However, another small local health food store is quietly setting forth relevant products.

      Does anyone have any tips about vacuuming in the wake of this?? I was planning to use my HEPA vacuum cleaner, but don’t want to stir up any errant radioactive particles!…I plan to wear a HEPA mask used for painting, etc. And I have good air filters.

      What is the word on vacuuming the dust away in carpet on a regular basis?? Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions!


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    • Cuica

      Yet we know what Lindsey Lohan is doing on a daily basis …?
      I guess they don’t want to lie about the facts so they have decided to keep quite…don’t report anything so it isn’t a lie…but it is. Keeping important information from the public IS A LIE. I guess the govermant, the media hope we realize the truth on our own….what a strategy….T


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    • I find it very creepy, almost surreal, hard to explain.


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      • Cuica

        Every night I wait to hear if the national news will report anything about the largest nuclear disaster the world has ever seeen….nothing. Most people believe that if there was anything worth reporting they would hear about it…when I try to explain that isn’t the case they look at me doubtfully. Then I pull out my computer and show the wide eyed disbelievers…to no avail, they quickly forget. When this event first began, the media was stationed in Fukushima, reporting the events….now that it is even more important the media, the goverments (canada included) have backed off.


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    • mothra

      I do actually find this one of the most disturbing things about Fuku. Like a quietly MSM message controlled holocaust. Creepy is THE word. I’m glad we have the Internet – for now… I support keeping it open and free from multinational media conglomerate control. It’s under constant attack. Internet content and acess freedom is our last tool in the box really.


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    • extra knight

      yes and i am wondering where in blazes are all those “deep” catchy, cheapo, mass-market “kiss and tell” insta-books one sees practically everytime something newsworthy happens. hmmmmm… with all these internet kill switches in place and given the size of this toxic radioactive environmental disaster, something has gotta’ give. this disaster is never going to stop.


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      • mothra

        Well, about books and going on record lately… I’ve noticed few who want their face on this, except whistleblowers in opposition to the memes and some industry promotional believers and a couple of dubious Sophomores under Federal grant. Nada of reputation in health professions speak on the promo side – they mostly stay silent or promote caution. Anyone else notice this?


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    • Discordian

      Tell you what pisses me off – National Geographic. It took them FIVE MONTHS to say a single word about the BP oil volcano, and then it was some mealy-mouthed shit about how BP is doing the best it can and it’s really all OUR fault for craving so much oil (just as though the petroleum industry hasn’t forced us into such consumption by removing all other viable fuel sources with corrupt laws and other bullshit).

      Not a goddamned word about the MILLIONS of dead life forms in the Gulf and elsewhere from last April right up through the Arkansas incidents, etc.

      Now we have a GRADE 9 nuclear disaster in Japan, and still not one fucking word in the magazines.

      Fallujah babies? No mention. And this magazine is the apologist for biodiversity, culture, and all that?

      Sorry. I was a bit on edge just now …


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  • Heart of the Rose

    …i’m not shocked.
    This is identical to the treatment the DWH was given.
    This time they are just faster at it.


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  • xdrfox

    China gave strong voice when finding out they planned to dump radioactive waters into the ocean to make room for more water a few weeks back, Now they don’t want to talk about water that all must know isn’t just stopped flowing into the ocean, not talking about does not make it not there and more stronger voice soon I think !


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  • Russ Johnson

    Yeh DarylAnn, I find it WAY creepy. But I guess that just makes me a crackpot conspiracy theorist.


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  • Heart of the Rose

    @Xdrfox…I had a little conversation in the comments here. Comment 23 —on.
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/04/22/fukushima-2000-atomic-bombs/
    Hope you like.


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  • Aftershock

    Yes, I’ve become friendly with staff at Whole Foods, which is pretty damn progressive on preventive health, healthy foods, etc. Presently, the staff are mainly in the dark on the disaster, its magnitude and public health ramifications ….They better get up to speed!! However, another small local health food store is quietly setting forth relevant products!

    Does anyone have any tips about vacuuming in the wake of this?? I was planning to use my HEPA vacuum cleaner, but don’t want to stir up any errant radioactive particles!…I plan to wear a HEPA mask used for painting, etc. And I have good air filters.

    What is the word on vacuuming the dust away in carpet on a regular basis?? Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions!


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    • xdrfox

      Sounds like you have what you need to start, and you have to keep the house clean, my only suggestion may be to dampen the sponge filters in the vacuum, and keep them damp during running it !

      It may help to trap any unwanted stirring and recycling into the air.
      You may want to go with hardwood overlays and get rid of the carpet, most are doing that anyway !


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    • xdrfox

      “go with hardwood overlays”

      Mopping with a devise to clean floors that there is no need to touch the water when rinsing the mop out after each area, you won’t have to deal with dust flying at all !


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      • Aftershock

        Yes, I would like to move! Carpet-ugh. Thanks…
        Have you seen anything more lately on EPA or University air, water or food testing? My metro area has not had a test update in about a month.

        It’s sad when you feel like YOU have to be an amateur Nuclear Physicist because your government has gone AWOL just when it’s most needed… I should not have to be worrying about the vicissitudes of Strontium and Tritium—THEY SHOULD!! :(


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        • xdrfox

          Some do have resources that are being used to monitor, what state are you in, can see if I have one for that state.
          AWOL is too mild a word, acronym, I would say Abandoned !


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          • Aftershock

            actually, they just released new VA state testing on web site today! The milk is messed up, but they don’t indicate where samples come from? State local river tests are still clear, but EPA detected I-131 in the rainwater last month…my water comes from surface water… What fun to decipher! (but, I know this is a joke compared to worse off areas)
            They are awaiting Strontium results for a few weeks. AT least they are testing for Strontium!! Shocker.


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          • Aftershock

            xdrfox,
            Let me know if there are any private, non-profit, or Universities testing for the Mid-Atlantic or elsewhere?? I have family in almost every state, too…need more sources!
            Maryland has very sophisticated radioactivity testing equipment…They first put out releases on detecting Japanese isotopes there from the first weekend…now, no mention??


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      • sassyiam

        Add some neem powder to that too and it will take care of the bugs, bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungus:)

        Put a perimeter with a light dusting around your house and ants will not cross line, spiders will kindly relocate a few more feet away.

        Use a few drops of oil into neutered pets’ ears for ear mites (works in conjunction with olive oil in ears too for ear infections); mop floors and bathe the animal in powder for fleas. (I say neutered just in case..cuz it’s been known to cause sterilization ..if you care) It won’t kill the fleas but will sterilize them stopping the reproduction process, keep on top of it for 30 days so the lastest set can’t reproduce.

        Take a spoonful of powder or crushed leaves and put into a tea bag holder, a few cups of water and boil down for 20 minutes until only a swig remains. Remove bag and drink the leftover once per day for 3 days for pnuemonia and 7 for malaria. Have your favorite drink nearby because trust me, you WILL gag!lol (Was one of those lucky ones with recurring pnuemonia for 20+ years until 3 days of this stuff cured it. Haven’t had it for over 10 years!:)

        Not sure the dosages but many use for birth control too. After our Pakistani vet heard of our success with ridding our cat of fleas and ear mites, he started using it too for his patients recalling his own mother used to make him drink a spoonful in water each week for intestinal parasites.

        Anyway, don’t take my word for it, good thing to research for yourself especially because of its anti-bacterial, viral, parastitic and fungal properties…and further possible sterlization qualities on small things. Pregnant, nursing also should avoid.

        Additionally, since many are going to be doing growing indoors, these soil gnats are going to be a BIG problem and they’ll damage the roots. Wicked easy to fix though. They like to breed in the top 1″ soil so just put 1″ of sand on top and water the plant from below (or dig a little hole with your finger to water then cover back up.) They will not be able to burrow through the sand and will die off. yay!


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        • sassyiam

          oops..one more thing if you care… Neem stains, not hard wood it didn’t but carpets and clothes (if it gets wet) and the pet might look like they found a dead fish somewhere being a nice shade of puke green that it is:)


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    • xdrfox

      Yes your area in Va. has been at the front of heading caution, surprised the Gov. has not taken over as other places such as saying stop, we ie FDA, will do the reporting !
      Hope you are enjoying bottled water from elsewhere !
      This rainwater will get into all the aquifers in no time and…
      : (


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    • mothra

      Water spray bottle – just spritz the area lightly before you Hepa vacuum. It keeps the dust down. Wear a damp bandana as a mask if you’re worried. Those can be tied from directly below the eye to below your chin.


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  • DarylAnn

    totally bizarre……. I keep posting info on my Facebook and sending everyone links etc so they can start making some changes and common sense decisions to protect themselves and their families….. yet my info keeps falling on “deaf ears”. People refuse to even acknowledge the fact that there are 4 nuclear reactors in various stages of meltdown…….. it’s really frustrating and alarming- just hoping that the MSM begins to sound the alarm soon


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    • Frank Snapp

      I can relate. I’ve been deeply studying this stituation from the beginning. I can partly explain the response using a recent story from St. Louis where there was a tornado at the airport. People just stood there at the tall windows watching as it approached, instead of finding someplace sensible to hide from the definitely coming flying glass. lol


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    • Discordian

      Me, too. No one wants to hear it. They change the subject imediately. Or they stare at you uncomprehendingly as though your words were incompatible with their brains. Fukushima ain’t the only thing melting down.


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    • Moonshelblu

      The general population just does not want to discuss Fukushima. Out of sight out of mind or ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise? Or perhaps they figure what can you do about it, so it’s not worth even discussing. As for me, I want to know what is happening and have written numerous letters to Congress about using alternatives such as Thorium LFTR, etc. and like Arnie said, we need to slow down, etc.
      I’m hoping they can cool these things down but something tells me it is too late? I hope I’m wrong.


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    • xdrfox

      Many of us have dealt with similar issues when warning about the Gulf and the seafood ! Loony tunes !


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      • Cuica

        I make small suggestions to others like….maybe it would be a good idea to stock up on water..etc and my friends and family laugh, they think I need mental health counciling, “she’s gone overboard with this radiation thing”…So I’ve changed my approach…”maybe you should stock up on water, I heard the price is going up…”
        Has the vast population discarded the idea of comon sense and defered all thinking to Good morning America…I feel very alone with this obviously bad situation…glad I had Y’all to talk with..thanks


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      I stopped long ago eating sea food, and now milk and leafy vegetables. My family still drinks milk and eats all that. Walks in the house with shoes on, doesn’t carry an umbrella.

      If officials were on the news telling the truth, they would listen.

      They all know what is happening in Japan, but that’s just to far away to get that bad.

      It’s already here, even a little is not good! Personally, I think we have more than a little.


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    • mothra

      That’s normal. It will change for many slowly. You’re just ahead of the curve.


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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Don’t laugh, it was spa day for my 5 pound dog. She had a detoxify bath with Baking Soda and Epsom Salt in the kitchen sink, she love it. Husband shook his head..lol


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  • DarylAnn

    maybe people are in some sort of denial or something……


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  • americaninuk

    Not a mention at all in the UK. Can anyone provide me with information on what and how much of the bad stuff the UK is getting. I’m just north of Cambridge.


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    • tony wilson

      the uk has not been hit that hard yet..
      america is going to be in serious trouble,that will require some kind of leadership.
      it seems like the elites are making plans and keeping quite.
      remember..this will only get worse or stay the same or be a little better as tepco say in 9 months.
      these people are clowns or homicidal maniacs.
      they cannot even give out dosage calculation.
      without screwing up they are filthy liars.
      funny how the russians with primitive technology got on with supreme effort to contain the chernobyl problem.
      this is just surreal.
      you have constant daily flows across the world.
      dr busby says it is a good idea to cut out milk.

      find some old uht or soya milk soon..before we get on to new contaminated batchs.
      carnation milk in tins.
      what did it for the people of belarus and ukraine was ingestion of iodine and cesium in the milk supplies.
      stay out of the rain.


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  • Moonshelblu

    Nuclear Fission Explosion Christopher Busby: http://youtu.be/1Q3ljfLvHww


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  • Aftershock

    americaninuk,
    You are getting a fraction of it in Europe, but you are getting some down the line. :( I saw a figure that Europe is now getting 1/20 of what the U.S. is facing, on average. If I were you, I would kick back. Just prepare for the build-up. Meanwhile, the US Pacific West Coast and NW Canada are under siege!


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    • americaninuk

      Aftershock,
      Thanks for giving me some idea on amounts. I’m in the UK for next couple of years or more for work. I’m on this website several times a day and concerned for US and Canadian west coast. My family is on east coast near Boston and they seem clueless. I’m getting frustrated and angry like others on this site. I’ve been saying to my boyfriend from day one of this horror show that this is BIGGG. I finally sat him down yesterday and showed him all the info on this site. He know longer thinks i’m a nutter for all my worrying and comments over the last almost 6 weeks.


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  • Rami

    Anyone have any science on what happens to airborne particles once they hit salt water? Do they dissipate, sink, accumulate on the surface? Just wondering


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  • Moonshelblu

    Using water entombment is a ‘Last ditch step’ claimed by TEPCOBy Mayumi Negishi
    TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co faces hurdles in its plan to shut down its crippled nuclear reactors in six to nine months. The operation could be delayed or derailed altogether if unknown factors, like another powerful quake, are taken into account.
    A list of the things that could go wrong shows that the operation could take longer — or be derailed altogether if unknown factors are considered, like another powerful quake.
    Even the government was quick on Monday to lower expectations. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference that the time frame could be achieved if “everything goes smoothly.”
    TEPCO has been struggling to stabilize its Fukushima nuclear power plant 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, that was seriously damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has been leaking radiation ever since.
    The difficulties, including the dumping of contaminated water into the ocean, have sparked an outcry in South Korea and expressions of concern from China. Tokyo offered apologies for a failure to give sufficient warning and explanation.
    In announcing its plan on Sunday, TEPCO listed eight risk factors that could get in the way, including hydrogen explosions and power outages.
    Aftershocks still jolt the area. The rainy season arrives in late June and typhoons from August pose further threats.
    TEPCO’s plan calls for continued injection of water into the reactors and spent pool fuels, while workers remove contaminated water so that they can access the reactors’ cooling systems.
    Workers will simultaneously build an external cooling system while preparing for “water entombment,” a last-ditch step in which containment vessels are flooded with water.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    I’m really tired of buying bottle water.
    We rent, so I can’t install anything. Is there a portable unit that takes out radiation and the other harmful things?


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  • Novamind

    The Tepco elite and members of the Japanese Government should take a Katana do the only Honorable thing left to do, as they have LOST FACE with all concerned.


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  • Tricky Dick

    “Duck and cover”is back! From the officials: duck the truth and cover up the dangers.


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