TV: All-time high radiation level in well at Fukushima plant 40 meters from Pacific — 1.1 billion Bq/m³ of strontium-90, other beta emitters — “Feared highly contaminated water leaking into ground” and being allowed to flow into sea (VIDEO)

Published: December 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am ET


Mainichi, Dec. 3, 2013: [Tepco] said on Dec. 2 that it has detected radioactive materials that topped 36,000 times the permissible level in underground water […] strontium-90 and other radioactive substances that emit beta rays were detected at a level of 1.1 million becquerels per liter (1.1 billion Bq/m³) […] east of the No. 2 reactor, about 40 meters from the ocean. […] It has been feared that highly contaminated water is leaking to the ground from a trench that stretches from the No. 2 reactor building to the sea bank. The radioactive isotope detected this time suggests the possibility of radioactive materials remaining outside the trench. […]

Arirang News, Dec. 3, 2013: The Japanese media on Tuesday reported an all-time high radiation level in an observation well at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. […] 1.1 million becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive material had been detected per liter […] more than the previous record-high of 910-thousand becquerels per liter detected on November 25th.

Jiji Press, Nov. 28, 2013: TEPCO Puts Off Tainted Groundwater Removal at Fukushima Plant […] a shortage of water storage tanks has forced it to postpone removal of contaminated groundwater at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. The postponement would allow radioactive groundwater to continue to flow beyond soil hardened with chemicals between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and into the sea.

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Published: December 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am ET


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74 comments to TV: All-time high radiation level in well at Fukushima plant 40 meters from Pacific — 1.1 billion Bq/m³ of strontium-90, other beta emitters — “Feared highly contaminated water leaking into ground” and being allowed to flow into sea (VIDEO)

  • SEMIjt

    notice the downplay "fear" it is leaking?

    i wish they would screw their heads back on; this lying is getting old.

  • Speedy

    "Fears highly radioactive water leaking into ground" is that the same as being afraid?

  • weeman

    I would like to congratulate TEPCO on setting the new record, by issuing medals made from plutonium, please where with pride.
    If the Olympics are not withdrawn from Japan, I will not be tuning in and if you do the same, the advertisers and sponsors will withdraw, if no one watches, no revenue and may I add any future Olympics since it will be the last Olympics, before our genome is corrupted, to what extent only time will tell?


      @weeman – You have a good idea but why wait until they start to push back. Why not start an online petition now giving your radiation reasons. If nothing else it would help to bring more attention to Fukushima and this nuclear problem in general.

    • JMR

      I have an idea for another approach. Wait until we know who the athletes are that are going to try out for these games and find a way to warn them via Facebook or email or whatever. Find out who the coaches are and do the same. I'm sure we could contact various Olympic officials in various countries the same way in the meantime.

      • weeman

        Now we are talking, they will be all over social media.

        We have only just begun to fight,
        You have awoken the sleeping dwarf.

        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          I would expect that top athletes and coaches would all want to know about the danger to their people!

  • Nick

    …detected radioactive materials that topped 36,000 times the permissible level in underground water…

    Just raise the permissible level.

    Corium? What corium, we want you to focus on our fears of leaking trenches and tanks.

    I hope folks realize that radiation levels INCREASE as time progresses after accidents of this magnitude.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Just me and the fence post..
    Nothing is more disgusting to look at is cowardice.
    They would rather feign suspense rather than tell the truth.

    Fear of 'could be'?
    What are they going to do then they figure out it is leaking?
    What will be their reactions when they realize tons of contaminated water is being created the corium is in contact with the groundwater..and perhaps the sea itself.
    What will be their response?
    Reversion.. back to denial.. again?

    PS..It's like reverse sociological analysis..
    Let's check..their response.

    Scared but not alarmed..but what has set off the fright?

    Let them dial us back up…when the fear of what IS..sets in.

    • babbo dorian babbo dorian

      Heart of the Rose,
      I wonder if those persons know that they are in the same ship than the people they are sending a so dishonest empty talking,
      Good luck,

  • End of the Road

    Let's give the basements and torus rooms of Units 1 & 2 a concrete enema. Stick a tube in the opening of your choice and fill those suckers with a cement mixture like that suggested by MarkW some months ago. At least that would force the water around the buildings instead of through them.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    "The postponement would allow radioactive groundwater to continue to flow beyond soil hardened with chemicals between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and into the sea." There are no physical ways to harden chemicals under the reactor cores to prevent anything. It's gone. Left out to sea. All the corium that is…you see?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Plugging by cement v. the immeasurable fracturing of the substructure and geology below..tremendous amounts would be need (weight)= further subsidence.
    The majority of the corium is below the reactors..the groundwater is flowing in the reactors and below.
    Attempting to fill them ..might lead to more of 'whack-a-mole.

  • Nick

    I thought we were meant to focus on puddles by the tanks? The vent stacks? The rat chewed trunk lines?

    Places where humans can still actually venture.

    This trench stuff just isn't something we can get our heads wrapped around.

    I mean it's not like the earthquake split open the earth?

    Surely there wasn't a change in the height of the coastline, thrusting up under the nuclear complex?

    I was so certain that Japan would rise to the occasion and SOLVE this mess.

    Oh yeah, I forgot…the secrecy act.

    FEAR= Folks Everything Are Radiated

  • Go Flying

    I am afraid that Tepco will eventually be forced to abandon Fukushima as the rad levels keep inexorably increasing.

    • SadieDog

      I am afraid that you are right.

      • babbo dorian babbo dorian

        I do also,

      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        I fear what this daily drip, drip release of the same info we've come to know over the course of the last year is building the case so there is no backlash when they're forced to evacuate.

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      I am afraid we will have to abandon the Earth for the same reason.

      • babbo dorian babbo dorian

        Maybe sending Abe.
        He eats seafood from fukushima….. and nothing.
        Maybe he has super-powers.

      • Sixela Sixela

        ^^^ This. People look at me crazy when I say I won't move to the West Coast. I can't imagine their reaction when I finally convince my husband to abscond to the Southern Hemisphere…

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          I just moved 85 miles inland, the farthest I could afford to move. Formerly lived 7 miles from coast. I was feeling better until this past week, something has changed.

          I wish I could move South, I have heard some countries are talking of limiting the amount of immigrants from the Northern Hemisphere.

        • digitalaardvarks digitalaardvarks

          i was supposed to move back to the west coast this year

    • rakingmuck

      They just announced they are letting 1700 workers go in March. Take that as the end anyone being there.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Just seems like everyone at Tepco is continuously baffled and fearful. At least they're trying to move the fuel out of SFP #4. While Rome burns.

    • babbo dorian babbo dorian

      Well Ho Taters, that is because the events are overwhilming, or unprecedented, or never seen before, or mind boggling…….
      But fortunatelly they say that further analysis is neded… good, I quite started to worry..
      Good luck,

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "…allow radioactive groundwater…to flow…into the sea."

    Why is the groundwater this contaminated?

    Because it has come into contact with corium debris underneath the 3 ruined plants.

    Proof positive that nuclear cores melted out of the plant buildings, and into the ground.

    Where has that damned corium gotten to this time, eh, TEPCO? 😉

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Wow. Have the Japanese Nuclear Winter Olympics started already? Where was I? Oh, yes, the woman in the red dress…

  • mesa777

    If this information is acurate I would assume the increase in rad levels due to the still un-located coriums that are still producing energy, this is not a good situation anyway that you look at it……

    • mesa777

      NO WAY are the Olympics going to be held in Japan, I don't care who says what, it is not safe to hold an event such as this near this disaster, they need to be canceled right away and re-scheduled for a different site!!!

      • SadieDog

        2020 Olympics in Tokyo? Um, yeah, no.

        • Kashiko Kashiko

          I wonder how long they will leave that announcement… too long and it'll have to be cancelled

          • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

            Im thinking there will be no Olympics in 2020. Our controllers scedualed this knowing full well there won't be a 2020 as we know it. If they had changed the venue that would have made me feel a whole lot better.

            • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

              …. if it's like it is now.. can you imagine what it's going to be like in 2020 if we ever get there?

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                I am wondering how many more Nuclear Rattle traps they can build in the next 17 years and we already know at minimum that we here on Planet Earth will have 2-4 additional Nuclear Power Plant meltdowns in that same time period.. 🙁

                Do we still have to pay our by force taxes?

  • meowmix

    36,000 times the acceptable limit TODAY, but would have been what; a damn million times the acceptable limit 3 years ago? I've lost track as its a joke to track it anyway.

  • Socrates

    Along with pollen counts and air pollution, such as ozone and particulate counts we have radiation readings and ultraviolet violet readings.

    To stay out of the rain now goes without saying. Rain-outs are particularly bad for radiation. Children should not play in snow or rain.

    Boiling frogs do not notice the increasing heat if it is done slowly. By the time it is boiling, it is too late to jump out.

    At least they took the lead out of gasoline as an anti-knock compound.

    Obama does not even mention Fukushima. He is too worried about the website. Yet, Fukushima radiation will cause mortality and morbidity, developmental delays and disease caused mutations. Isn't that worse than denying pre-existing conditions?

    The ozone hole might be caused by releases of iodine as well as by CFCs. That causes havoc in the stratosphere destroying the ozone layer.

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Fukushima is bad, but the Earth and all it's inhabitants has been poisoned for years by Nuclear Testing, nuke waste, nuke accidents.

    This Link is to a video created by a Japanese scientist showing all the nuclear detonations around the world. It was uploaded by a Japanese artist in 2010.

    The question I ponder is/was 3/11/11 the death nail for Planet Earth?

  • Speedy

    It makes me wonder if the health insurance companies and Obama understood all of this way back when Obamacare was initiated, knowing the costs of sick and dieing would bankrupt the insurance companies. Now the hospitals that could help the sick are bailing out..Cleveland clinic and such..It's called population control..redistribution of raise the SSI age so no one can cash in …Time to retire and spend what money I have..

    • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

      …what has baffled me have been all the casks… hundreds and hundreds of dark blue plastic coffins piled high… now what are they for… ??

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Romney started the Obamacare system… and the focus on health care costs have been going on for 20-30-years or more, so stop blaming the President. He just works for all the nuke power junkies like GE across the globe. They (meaning Nuke Industry) are the ones who have their finger on all the buttons of every government.

  • We Not They Finally

    So they are saying that the already-hellishly astronomically high readings increased upwards of 20% in JUST ONE WEEK?

    And now we are supposed to be frightened of what lies ahead with SPF 4? What about the world ALREADY being doomed to extinction by the likes of this?

    God help us all.

  • Nick

    Tic tic tock oh f88ck

    Folks all over the planet, reject anything you don't trust, now.

    We are at the end of an epoch.

    Do something epochophal.


  • Nick

    I think we already have been extincted.

    My extinct tells me (sp 🙂 )

  • ELEkid2013

    Why must these fiends dump it in the ocean? Can't they evaporate the water, leaving behind a residue that can be contained? Or am I asking dumb questions?

      • ELEkid2013

        Any solution is better than dumping it into the ocean where it will bioaccumulate. At least some of it is going into the (leaky) tanks. At least if its in the tanks some of the shorter lived isotopes have time to decay.


      @ELEkid2013: not a dumb question. Problem is, the volume of toxic effluent exceeds the rate at which it can be processed through distillation. Then there's the problem of storing this toxic effluent until it can be processed. If we were looking at a small meltdown, it might be possible to build the enough storage capacity. Unfortunately, we're looking at three simultaneous meltdowns…

  • ELEkid2013

    I would say its better to do something than to do nothing at all. If there is any hope of saving the Pacific this is what they need to focus on. If they could turn it off now then maybe the Pacific could stay alive as a severely damaged ecosystem and slowly recover as the isotopes decay….

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    Fractured nuclei
    Of uranium atoms:
    Why call them "daughters?"

  • Ontological Ontological

    Well I still am trapped on the west coast near the nuclear test site, the future home of all the worlds nuclear garbage if our esteemed government screws Nevada like they have been right along. I moved to the spring mts to get away from the toxic hell the north east was in from paper mills, and coal 20 years ago. Now we get to breathe SONGS garbage while they piss around with decommissioning for what the next 60 years or so. Sigh… Fuku fuel flea gave ne skull cancer 2 years ago, and has already devastated my savings having immunofluorescence surgery done. Now were upside down on our mortgage thanks to the FED, bankrupt and over the edge from all this crap. As an avid armature astronomer I would love to be in the high desert of Northern Chile. They have a deal with the USA to make your retirement SSI available there for retired Americans. Be too late for my wife and I to go due to the preplanned damage to the not so well to do baby boomers, seems now it is all our fault, even though we busted our asses to get America into world leader status for the following generations to screw us seniors really good, and force on us a horrible fear of not having our needs met! Here is a link to retirement in Chile for all of you that CAN get the hell out of this mess DO IT! Southern Hemi is trashed with volcanic dust, sulfur, etc. and will disallow a healthy life style however. it is not safe for long, anywhere you go!

  • maybesomeday

    How can there be a "shortage of storage tanks"? These have got to be the least expensive "items" on Tepco's needs-list. They are cheap bastards for sure, using only 3 mil plastic to line the in-ground storage pools, I heard. And then reporting leaks! Like using car batteries for emergency power, or allowing rats to short out the electrical systems powering the SFP cooling pumps, using duct tape & plastic pipe for critical repairs, etc.

  • Sol Man

    They speak of the Pacific Ocean becoming more polluted, but the truth is that there is only one Global Ocean.
    It is very bad to put nasty chemicals into the world's water supplies, whether radioactive or voc/crude/pharma-based and render it totally unusable for living processes.

    Because, some say that water has memory.

    How might it respond to such abuse?