TV: Hundreds of tons of water in contact with melted nuclear fuel have now flooded basements at Fukushima plant — Nearly 10 Trillion Bq of Cesium — Concentration of strontium-90 and other radioactive materials not reported (VIDEO)

Published: April 14th, 2014 at 4:35 am ET


Asahi Shimbun, Apr. 14, 2014: Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant […] the Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered the utility to continue to monitor the situation and collect the leakage as soon as possible. TEPCO officials said the water was highly contaminated because it was used to cool reactors […] it has yet to be purified using a system that removes radioactive materials. […] Workers noticed something amiss on April 10, as the water levels in buildings that should have been pumping out water were found to be rising. Workers discovered April 12 that four pumps that should not have been used were in operation [and] were halted around 5 p.m. on April 13.

NHK WORLD, Apr. 13, 2014: [The water had been used] to cool melted nuclear fuel. […] The 4 pumps sent the contaminated water in a reverse direction, or into the basement of a facility known as the Incineration Workshop Building. […] TEPCO officials estimate about 200 tons of highly- contaminated water leaked into the building. They say the radioactive cesium in the water is 37 million becquerels per liter. […] They are closely watching the changes in the water level inside the building as well as the water quality of the wells in the surrounding area. […]

NHK Newsline, Apr. 14, 2014: [TEPCO officials] have revealed another mistake at the nuclear plant […] Highly contaminated water was sent to the wrong building […] about 240 tons¹ of contaminated water had flowed in.

¹37 million Bq of cesium per liter x 1,000 liters per metric ton x 240 metric tons = 8.88 trillion Bq of cesium in building’s basements, according to data released publicly by TEPCO

Watch the NHK broadcast here

Published: April 14th, 2014 at 4:35 am ET


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59 comments to TV: Hundreds of tons of water in contact with melted nuclear fuel have now flooded basements at Fukushima plant — Nearly 10 Trillion Bq of Cesium — Concentration of strontium-90 and other radioactive materials not reported (VIDEO)

  • hbjon hbjon

    Could someone be too reckless in their haste to process the contaminated water? Filters need to be safely replaced and contained as they become saturated. Of course, everyone here extends their best wishes to the workers.

    • We Not They Finally

      No one can even get near at least three of the reactors, and the coriums have already sunk into the ground. And they do NOTHING there "safely." And a thousand or so tons of contaminated water flow into the ocean every day in ANY case.

      So replacing the filters is "the solution"? You probably didn't mean that, right?

      • hbjon hbjon

        The substances that need to be removed from the water have an affinity to other substances such as carbon and calcium. The goal is to get the heavy metals to combine with something that can be filtered.

        Now, this can be done by properly processing the water before it is released into the ocean. However, the workers must be prepared to replace saturated filters before they clog up and become inoperable.

        Some elements can't be filtered and the radioactive gases constantly need to be vented into another container. Radon needs to be collected at the source. The water can't be stored forever and if it's something that can be done safely, they should try to filter and release it. Perhaps a little lead will collect at the bottom of the tanks, which can stay where it's at.

  • Daisy207

    If they filter the suspended solids out of the water and even if they treat and precipitate the dissolved solids out of the water (convert them to metal hydroxide sludges) where on earth are they going to put these highly radioactive solids? If the solids are near water (ground or otherwise) they will just re-dissolve or go back into suspension. And what about the tritium that they can't treat? What workers can even get near this stuff – much less be in the same room with it when its being treated. No one is discussing where they are dumping the solids? The tritium water? Pretty soon no one will be able to work anywhere near the plant. Then what – a small star sitting on planet earth. This thing could go super-nova.

    • hbjon hbjon

      Daisy. You have described the process by which to remove the suspended solids. The hard part is in the development of a safe and reliable way to replace filters and other components of the system. It would be interesting to see how the dissolved solids coagulate into a sludge and not into a criticality.

      • Daisy207

        Depending on the volume of water processed – the mass of filtered solids and precipitated solids should be small enough per unit volume to keep criticality potential very low – however you still have to remove these solids – and contain them so they are no longer in contact with water and not where people can be exposed to them – fuel is fuel is fuel – whether its concentrated in fuel rods or dispersed in water in small particulates or in a salt form dissolved in the water. The absence of data is more alarming than when they release disguised data or altered data – however bad it is. I just know from the numbers that we do get is that no people can go anywhere near these treatment units when they are in operation – and people cannot go in and process out the sludges into sealed containers for burial somewhere. The work would all have to be done remotely. I have operated water treatment systems – and someone always has to be there because of glitches – to watch the system constantly – especially the back wash where the precipitated sludges are removed, caked and dried for disposal.

        • hbjon hbjon

          Yes, the question of safety will always be important, but the separation of coagulated solids from the water into a matrix of graphite and boron that can be funneled into a pipe and sealed at both ends, must be accomplished with great efficiency.

          The pipes can then be submerged into coolant for relatively long term storage and containment. Because of the volume that is being processed, the separation and containment is an agonizingly slow procedure.

          There will be no end to the efforts of separating fuel products from water, sand, and soil. We can only hope that the workers will be successful and shielded from radiation. Peace.

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Like I keep saying….you just can't make this sh!t up.

  • lucius.cornelius

    I noticed this morning that the "Emergency and Disaster Information Service" site has removed the radiation symbol from Japan! And another one has appeared in the US (Dresden Nuke Plant, Illinois, that had "an event" over the weekend).

  • Sol Man

    In counting these becquerels I hope that we don't run out of numbers.

    • We Not They Finally

      Yeah, the latest one with the nineteen zeroes really freaked me out. Looked it up and turns out that that is called "quintillion.' Live and learn….

  • treehuger

    I have salmon canned in 2010 best by 2016 that would be a great base test I put some on Dallas craigslist

  • GQR2

    How on earth does this happen unless it is completely and totally out of control there. The report says the water went to a wrong building?? The water is injected and water went to the wrong building and flooded that building so there is NO way to get it out. almighty then. What another day business as usual. Tired of the decision makers treating people like crap.

    So much negligence allowed to continue with the greatest longest emergency in the world with no accountability. Tired of the lies about Nuclear Radiation.
    Tired of liars and killers who don't care how many they hurt. Sick of people who function like "nice" brain dead automatons. People who deliver grave announcements with the improper affect. – oh hello yes today we sent tons of highly contaminated water to wrong building..opps our bad. We have no way to get it out just wanted to let you all know.

    Not gonna end. Not gonna stop. No accountability.

  • GQR2

    Is this a set up for pipes directly from the buildings straight into the sea. If that isn't happening as of now it will be very soon. This is the set up. It wasn't a mistake.

      • GQR2

        Ohayo bo personally i don't buy innocent error at all for one second. This is planned incompetence. There theme song should be that idiot song by mily cyrus. opps they did it again. Its getting to the point where it would be time to have a global consortium go in there. It was time for that on 3/11/11

        This cannot happen until the truth is stated about how catastrophic this ongoing situation is. By the time people see the dead fish and realize that its not F'ing normal to have your friends,family and co workers dropping over from mysterious and rare illness. It will be an extraordinarily grim scene.

        • bo bo

          Mornin' GQ – yeah remember the 'oops – crane on park break, set off alarm' story…
          I naively believed that then because I thought, anything is possible after dead rats take down whole cooling systems and druggies are employed off the street…
          But I now do believe it's a mix of both 'Dumb and Dumber' and playing dumb

          'Are those your coria ? Both o' them ????'

    • Yes, only that they pumped the water in the wrong direction. This is how all that highly contaminated seawater* got into the buildings. Makes sense, no ? 🙁

      *which of course doesn't exist

  • zogerke zogerke

    2 + 2 = 4:
    I listened to the story Admin posted this weekend- the whole thing.
    The american nuclear engineer breaking down telling his story, said he had been maintaining those very reactors for twenty years. His words. so knowledge of how every little quirk and shake and bump and whirr of the machinery in the nuke units was held by american subcontractors. And now- they are a shambles. And now, to protect from overwhelminly high levels of radiation, they have the yazuka providing their workforce from the unempowered and uneducated. So four pumps that were NOT supposed to be used, were used.
    2 + 2 = 4.

    Someone should find that guy, who told that story, and see if there is more information. Of course, just posting this, he is likely silenced…….

      • GQR2

        water in the basements to flood stage – surely it has reached saturation those building are as we type sinking and crumbling into the sea with every bit of ongoing contamination engulfed.
        No one will be able to get near the flooded Nuclear Reactor Buildings or much anything else. Workers are dying and the one last week in a building collapse. Any day now the landscape there is gonna change drastically.
        What a Fuuu kin mess.

      • bo bo

        Hi zogerke
        I've been pondering that 'moth radio show' for a while too and doing research on Mr. Pillitieri. I believe his story is a real one and much sympathy to what he went through.

        There are some other accounts of his tale in the past such as this

        But I'm wondering if PBS/NPR has some kind of a grip halfway on his throat – even though he is in an outstanding position to make more technical analysis, he has been told ONLY to talk about his personal stories ( although a powerful one, and his heartfelt account much appreciated)

        Moth show was one of the few shows I still enjoyed open-handed on NPR until I noticed infiltration of propaganda last year, when they chose the story of a woman who gets invited to the Obama inaugural ball as being 'one of the most popular'. I listened to the story, and the story did not sound real. But maybe I am paranoid. 🙁

        • GQR2

          bo if you're not paranoid you're not paying attention. There is every reason for paranoia the governments are hateful,they lie for war,ignore obvious problems. The media has conditioned it into the culture as a way of life. But we aren't supposed to worry about the effects of Radiation,GMOs,untested pharmaceuticals,the food supply,the EMFs no no nothing to see here.
          Paranoia is a logical response. i'm launching a campaign to change the meaning of the word to mean well adjusted and perceptive. 🙂

        • bo bo

          Remember the CBS 60 minutes special for 3rd year anniversary of 3/11?

          I think they had some sort of media attack plan for 3/11, to keep people's focus away from actual on-going current disaster, and their plan was to focus-focus-focus on personal accounts, of real people – more of an Oprah touch.

          Sorry I really don't mean to belittle Mr. Pillitieri's account. I still thought his story was amazing.

        • bo bo

          Mr. Pilliteri switched to alternative energy – says on the bio on this link – 'Carl Pillitteri spent the last 30 years servicing electrical generating stations around the world. He now owns Penghu County Wind Energy Company, installing residential-sized wind turbines in an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan, where he lives now with his wife and two children.'

  • GQR2

    They mention the scarey part as if the whole entire situation wasn't beyond horrific on a daily basis.

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  • sworldpeas

    4 pumps were running backwards for four days and nobody noticed? That tells me the Japanese are completely inept OR they are doing this on purpose.

  • "…a facility known as the Incineration Workshop Building."

    What do they do there? 😉

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    37 million becquerels per liter, is that a lot? Man, I could make a bunch of money providing hormesis with one liter. Radiation! Get your radiation here! Popcorn and peanuts at the ballgame! Radiation, popcorn and peanuts. C'mon sports fans, we know you want it! A favorite of the Olympians! Who aaaaaaaa!

    • GQR2

      Uni you would make a killing at the Albuquerque Isotopes Game you could send those broke doctors lots of care packages 😉

    • But that precious resource belongs to everybody ! How dare you even thinking of selfishly making personal profit from it 😉 !?

  • Crickets Crickets

    It would be interesting to see the estimated cost of the so-called mitigation of this mess. It's probably being hidden just like everything else that's going on over there. I'm sure it would be hard to sell nuclear energy to anyone if the cost, in terms of money and loss of habitat were considered. Nuclear energy is neither clean, nor is is cheap. So why are we continuing to use it? WTF!!!!


    • Shaker1

      Crickets…If not in exponential notation, just pages and pages of zeros after the number 1. Literally, thank the gods for an idea of indefinite numbers. (What in hell is that but who knows what or when?)

  • Ontological Ontological

    The FUKU still is producing even stronger Devil's Brew now. Keep sitting on your hands TEPCO. The world will soon hate you enough to dispose of YOU!

  • bo bo

    Just noticed this was reported on Fukushima Diary yesterday.
    Apparently a different leak.
    Interesting spin of words – 'leak has been stopped – because it leaked out completely'

    I am imagining this news from Tepco, year 2053 :
    'We have great news… leak from Daiichi has been finally stopped…'

  • demise demise

    How long are we going to let the incompetent run this operation. Until we are all poisoned and it's too late?