TV: Groundwater shows massive spike in radioactive material at Fukushima plant — Strontium-90 up over 10,000% in past few months — Tepco apologizes (VIDEO)

Published: June 19th, 2013 at 9:59 am ET


Xinhua: Very high radioactivity levels were detected in groundwater from an observation well at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Wednesday. […] The observation well was set up on the Pacific side of the plant’s No. 2 reactor turbine building last December to find out the reasons why radioactivity levels in seawater near the plant remained high. The company said the sampled water could be from the contaminated water that seeped into the ground.

Reuters: Testing of groundwater showed the reading for strontium-90 increased from 8.6 becquerels to 1,000 becquerels per litre between Dec. 8, 2012 and May 24

BBC News: High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says. […] Strontium-90 is formed as a by-product of nuclear fission. Tests showed that levels of strontium in groundwater at the Fukushima plant had increased 100-fold since the end of last year, Toshihiko Fukuda, a Tepco official, told media.

NHK: Tokyo Electric has again drawn criticism for a delay in revealing the latest incident. Workers took a sample of the groundwater on May 24th. […] They apologized for the delay.

NHK: [Fukushima] prefecture summoned the utility’s managing director, Akio Komori, to the prefectural government office on Wednesday. Komori apologized for the trouble

Watch the BBC report here

Published: June 19th, 2013 at 9:59 am ET


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27 comments to TV: Groundwater shows massive spike in radioactive material at Fukushima plant — Strontium-90 up over 10,000% in past few months — Tepco apologizes (VIDEO)

  • weeman

    I find it outrageous that the levels have increased since they started to dump contaminated water into ocean, is this the reason or is this just a excuse to dump more into ocean, I want to see independant data, tepco is not to believed and their main concern is cost not protection of people or environment.
    The fool on the hill sees the sun going round and the eyes in my head sees the world winding down. Modified lyrics

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    New criticalities at Unit2, and/or Corium2 are producing strontium-90.
    Strontium-90 is produced by nuclear fission.
    Since the amount of strontium-90 in ground water is way up over last year, we can tell that the rate of criticality is way up in 2013.
    This big spike is from measurements of strontium-90 in ground water samples taken from wells.
    TEPCO contends this is cooling water they pumped through Reactor 2, that leaked out through cracks.
    But more probably, this is ground water that has flowed past Corium2.
    Or at least this is ground water that has flowed through the corium lava tube left after the underground departure of Corium2.
    You figure it out.
    All I know is that with a half life of 28.8 years, this strontium-90 will be contaminating the Pacific Ocean for many years to come.
    "Cold Shutdown", you betcha! 😉

  • dosdos dosdos

    Bone cancer is the biggest issue with Strontium 90, but it affects other parts of the body as well, and in sufficient quantity is fatally toxic.

    • We Not They Finally

      Also diabetes. As well as leukemia. Do the streets have to be littered with dead bodies before they get those poor people OUT of there?

  • Cisco Cisco

    I noticed a picture that was in a recent article of workers suited in what appeared to be Tyvek suits with gloves and what appeared to be painter’s type masks. This is virtually no protection from gamma radiation. Considering all the reports, every worker working outside on this site should be properly suited with appropriate body gear and self contained respirators.

    These poor workers are being sacrificed just like the liquidators of Chernobyl. Where is the humanity; this is outrageous!

  • odiez1 odiez1

    With a small exception, the Japanese Liquidators are still working on the thing.
    The Russkies got it patched up in months, not years. Japan will have an almost never ending flow of Liquidators at this rate.

    They should have nuked that place to oblivion years ago.

    • hbjon hbjon

      At first thought, that was an appealing option. But after you think for two seconds about it, it becomes a very bad option. If you waited for the wind to blow out to sea, it would have thrown everything into the ocean and atmosphere. Who would have suffered from that? The amount of fallout in the USA would have been thousands of times more concentrated than what we had. The northern hemisphere would have been toast. Fukushima would have been no better off. The ocean would have been worse off. The world would have been worse off. Life would have been worse off imho.

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    the linked Reuters article also notes that there was 500,000 Bq/L of tritium

    "Testing also showed 500000 becquerels per litre of tritium on May 24, compared with the legal limit of 60000 and 29000 on Dec. 8, 2012. A becquerel is a measure of radioactive decay."

    how many Bq/L of Cs 134/137? what other elements are they not reporting.

    • Bad Rads

      I've got a theory why people are so lethargic.

      The theory involves Tritium and Lithium.

      Tritium is a nuclear process byproduct, created when Lithium is bombarded with neutrinos.

      Lithium is also used as a medicine to "calm" manic mental disorders.

      Tritium is increasingly being released into the air and bodies of water used for drinking; from nuclear power plants.

      I'm not sure if the Tritium, created from Lithium, still has the same chemical structure as Lithium which causes the calming effect, but if it does, then my theory might be correct…

      People are so lethargic because of their exposure to Tritium, a byproduct of the calming Lithium.

  • Yes good point Gottagetoffthegrid, total radiation is higher then reported if they are reporting just one isotope. typical trick of the nuclear set. Since they don't know (or aren't admitting) where the corium is, can't get any kind of remote camera or actual observation of the foundation walls to verify damage as its too radio-active, everything about the contaminated water is a guessing game. But anyone with half a brain who has been following this won't be surprised at this news which should have been reported months if not years ago.

    1. we know its a triple melt through meaning corium broke containment.

    2. we know foundation walls of containment building suffered damage from earthquake

    3. we know they are dumping water on the mess and reported a long time ago water level was 10 or more feet below what it should be in at least one reactor

    4. we know groundwater from the mountains flows around and through basements of melted out reactor buildings into the sea

    Therefore no surprise radiated water is leaking into the ocean. Us Enenewsers knew this a long time ago. Whether you believe the corium is eating its way through the earths crust or is flat as a pancake on the basement floor, I think we all agree radiated water is leaking into the ocean. What a bunch of liars saying they don't think the water is getting to the ocean. Thats what water does, above or below ground it all ends up at the ocean especially when its already close to the ocean.

    • We Not They Finally

      Mark, your commentary is great. But when do we (I mean everyone)stop adopting term "leak"? It gushes, it spews, it floods, it overwhelms, it submerges. I doubt that it ever "leaks" at all….

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Ongoing nuclear meltdowns, contaminating groundwater, permeating Japan. And beyond.

  • Also I think the filtration equipment only filters cesium not strontium so the recycled cooling water picks up extra strontium. Its a big mess and Japan is totally responsible now as they bought the company and are major shareholders of TEPCO. Sad its reported like this private company won't come clean. Its Japan and actually USA too as you guys have troops there and enjoy a privileged relationship with Japan. Obama should come clean on this one instead of spending your money snooping on American citizens and harassing them at airports. God Bless All.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    OT Science Lesson:
    A nutrino might be stopped by a light year thick lead shield.
    A gamma "ray" particle will eventually become 1,000 photons of light.
    Reading up on the sun. Highly informative science lesson on the sun is here:

    The sun is apparently moving into a new phase.
    Perhaps going through a pole reversal.
    Lack of sunspots is causing our atmosphere to collapse.
    Turns out we need sunspots to expand our atmosphere.
    Highly recommended summary of sun problems here:

    Watch this guy's highly informative daily Earth weather report. Just WOW!


      fear not Philip. The universe is just getting ready to finish-off the reign of the 'holy ones'. Of course, as there were so few men willing to do the job of purging our race of this self-righteous trash, they'll be no cherry picking over who was or wasn't rotten to the core…

  • We Not They Finally

    When all the way back in May 2012, an article posted here said that 60% (that's SIXTY PERCENT!!!) of children in the area already had DIABETES, we were more than alarmed. We have a diabetic in the family and if he did not have home sugar testing equipment for many years now, it would have been like a death sentence.

    So we researched it. Turns out that it is strontium-90 that converts to an element called yttritium-90 in the body and attacks the pancreas. So was 60% more than a year back and by now it has to be WAY WORSE. In the name of simple mercy, there should be mass training programs for parents on how to test sugar and give insulin to their children.

    Instead, tey just APOLOGIZE? Well, tell you what: These are CRIMINAL MASS MURDERERS OF CHILDREN. What they need to do is to stand in the public square of every local town with loudspeakers and announce, "Mothers, come out into the street. We are the criminal mass murderers of the your children! We are KILLING YOUR CHILDREN. So do whatever you want to us. Because we are KILLING YOUR CHILD!"

    Then take a nice deep Japanese bow and hope that you EVER get to stand up straight again. But if you do, then someone needs to drag you away in chains and disgrace, where you will never again see the light of day.

    Too severe? These bastards are so lucky that I don't live there with a criminally-poisoned diabetic child. And I would SUPPORT any mother who "took matters into her own hands."

    • We Not They Finally

      But that could cause a riot? That would create a mess? Civil disorder? Well, then maybe at least someone would COVER it! Maybe at least these bastards would be forced into such public shame, that Japan could AT LEAST be rescued from being the land of criminal lies. What would they rather have by now? Screaming mothers or dead kids?

      They "apologized"? If they really want to apologize, then let them apologize for killing kids while they still get to live!

      By the way, also confiscate every last yen of their MONEY, and use it to EVACUATE people.

  • The only thing I can really inseparable all the contaminated water from the environment, is kicking the back of several tunnels under reactors, using modern methods, and sealed in contact with each other.

    • We Not They Finally

      Underground tunnels? Seriously? It's CORIUM down there. 450 tons minimum (by their own estimate which are always way too low), that not even robots can approach without getting their circuits fried. It's a HELL of hundreds of tons of uncontained deadly molten nuclear fuel.

      And what are the proposed "modern methods"? They already admit they have NO methods to handle this!!

      I'm sure that you mean well, We all want solutions. Overcoming denial is painful, especially when one really cares. But they have already admitted that THEY CAN'T FIX THIS. Over two years now and they do not even know WHAT technology to use.

  • nedlifromvermont

    You go you big fat radioactive blob … dragging the hopes of the zealous nucleoRats down the corium holes with you … Ol' GE, Charlie Coffin's start-up, built a machinen that when it breaks, you can't switch it off … Brilliant, Coffin! 'cept Charlie was gone a decade before Otto H. and Lise M. ever demonstrated uranium fission in the lab in Berlin. Charles Coffin was dead, and those who occupied the stage which Coffin built were lesser men, not righteous Quakers but greedy bankers … heck even silly old, bulbous-nosed JP Morgan was long dead … it was the nameless underlings of these pioneering giants who gravitated to the seats of power they did not create … managerial types of small vision who pushed this nuclear power thing through at all costs, and their brain-addled followers who thrive on blood money …

    Won't someone please wake me up when we get to a commercial?

    Shut them all down; they are not sexy; they are not safe; they are not needed; they are not moral; all nuclear promoters are self-dealing scheisters who belong behind bars on a radioactive barge to nowhere … (nothing personal against the barge)

    peace, newsers, we fight again tomorrow!!

  • AB AB

    Why not NUKE the NUKEs and get it over with?
    Silent Weapons for Silent Wars is what they are doing… killing us off one decade at a time. Here is what the want to do by 2045. Visit and see for yourself. Also the new movie Elysium with Matt Daemon, and Oblivion with sectarian Tom Cruise is what the Elites want> to kill us off once and for all.