TV: New concerns at Fukushima; Radioactive material “spilling into ocean” from layer 80 feet deep, officials suspect — Jiji: Record high radiation levels at 18 locations between reactors and Pacific; Crisis far from under control (VIDEO)

Published: June 25th, 2014 at 11:17 am ET


Jiji Press, June 18, 2014: Radioactive contamination of groundwater at [Fukushima Daiichi] is far from being under control […] the source of contamination remains unclear and new record levels of radioactive substances have been detected in groundwater taken at a number of measuring points on the ocean side of the plant’s No. 1 to No. 4 reactors. Radioactivity levels in groundwater have hit new record highs at 18 of 32 measuring points on the ocean side since April, according to TEPCO. At the most polluted well, located east of the No. 2 reactor [there’s] 860,000 becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances such as strontium-90.

NHK WORLD, June 25, 2014: [TEPCO] has found that radioactive water can now easily spread in a deep layer of groundwater. It says it will speed up construction work on a barrier aimed at preventing contaminated water from leaking into the ocean. The deep layer of water is about 25 meters [82 feet] below the surface. […] water pressure in the [deep] layer was lower […] this makes it easier for contaminated water to spread [..] They suspect the radioactive water could be spilling into the ocean. TEPCO officials say the ongoing construction of the barrier may be to blame for the lower pressure. The work involves drilling into the deep layer. […] TEPCO officials say they will take more action to keep radioactive water from spreading in the deep layer. This will involve fortifying holes in an underground frozen-soil wall. Those holes go through the layer and are filled with pipes. […]

See also: [intlink id=”japan-nuke-expert-fuel-rods-estimated-be-12-meters-underground-reactors-1-3-be-100-feet-deep-year” type=”post”]Japan Nuclear Expert: Fukushima’s fuel could be about 100 ft. underground in 2 years (AUDIO)[/intlink]

And: [intlink id=”expert-it-cant-be-changed-and-cant-be-stopped-contaminated-groundwater-will-keep-entering-ocean-at-fukushima-west-coast-should-be-alarmed-since-no-one-is-measuring-radia” type=”post”]Expert: Radioactive groundwater “can’t be changed & can’t be stopped”; it will continually enter ocean — Significant ‘discreet leaks’ recently — West Coast “should be alarmed” at lack of testing[/intlink]

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Published: June 25th, 2014 at 11:17 am ET


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293 comments to TV: New concerns at Fukushima; Radioactive material “spilling into ocean” from layer 80 feet deep, officials suspect — Jiji: Record high radiation levels at 18 locations between reactors and Pacific; Crisis far from under control (VIDEO)


    They are putting the barrier on the sea side which will cause the water to back up behind the barrier. That means the water level will rise exactly where the reactors are, flooding the reactors. Great thinking.
    Of course, my stupid thinking would have been to put the barrier on the landward side of the reactors, thereby causing the water levels under the reactors to drop low enough so that the water no longer flows into the reactors at all.
    but what do I know, I'm not an engineer.

  • irhologram

    Seattle cont.
    That's simulating a 7.0 quake. The fault line could produce a 9.0 — as powerful as the one that just devastated Japan.

    Holy Shit! What Can We Do?

    If you built a city along the most gaping fault line on planet Earth, that should be the most earthquake-prepared city in existence, right? The buildings should be made from adamantium. But the truth is, Seattle just doesn't know much about earthquakes. Ask around, and old timers will tell you tales of the dreaded 5.5 Duvall quake which momentarily interrupted a Mariners game. Because it's been so long since the last "big one," modern-day Seattle is so unprepared for earthquakes that it's full of completely unreinforced masonry structures that basically fall over if you sneeze too hard.

    The last time the megaquake happened was in 1700. Native Americans still tell chilling campfire tales about it, and the devastation was well documented in Japan. That's right — the last time this fault line went off in a big way, it damaged Japan.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Corium Lava Tubes

    We have all seen videos of the lava tubes in Hawaii.
    Pretty impressive.
    Let's think a bit about corium lava tubes.
    Corium contains some of the heaviest of the metals.
    At 5,000C, corium will melt any rock it comes into contact with.
    The heavy corium atoms will then sink within the molten soup, while the lighter rock atoms will float upwards.
    In this way, corium cuts its way through rock like a hot knife cuts through butter, sinking ever lower.

    What is left behind?
    The FDNPP was built on mudrock, giving way to sandstone.
    Deeper still is the subduction layer.
    Mudrock is a porous mix of sand and stones.
    When melted by corium, mudrock and sandstone will collapse, losing its porosity.
    The sand will turn into glass.
    A corium lava tube in sandstone or mudrock will have walls of glasslike material.
    The tube will also contain water, as flowing groundwater pours in, following the corium ever deeper.
    Near the corium, groundwater turns into steam, rapidly rising through the water column, carrying a heavy load of nuclear contamination upwards.
    The contamination eventually escapes from the corium lava tube into the atmosphere, where it becomes part of the fallout which brings new iodine-131 and other nuclides to Tokyo and the rest of Japan.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      PUN, I think this may happen, too. And maybe nuclear phreatic explosions, at some point. Think based on Nuckelchen's videos this may already be happening. Am remembering one of them (last July?) showing steam explosions issuing from the ground in between the reactors (3 and 4?)

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        "Phreatic Hydrology
        The term phreatic is used in hydrology and … earth sciences to refer to matters relating to ground water (an aquifer) below the water table (… originates from the Greek phrear, phreat- meaning "well" or "spring"). The term 'phreatic surface' indicates the location where the pore water pressure is under atmospheric conditions (i.e. the pressure head is zero). This surface normally coincides with the water table. The slope of the phreatic surface is assumed to indicate the direction of ground water movement in an unconfined aquifer.

        The phreatic zone, below the phreatic surface where rock and soil is saturated with water, is the counterpart of the vadose zone, or unsaturated zone, above. Unconfined aquifers are also referred to as phreatic aquifers because their upper boundary is provided by the phreatic surface.

        In speleogenesis, a division of speleology, 'phreatic action' forms cave passages by dissolving the limestone in all directions,[1] as opposed to 'vadose action', whereby a stream running in a cave passage erodes a trench in the floor.

        Phreatic action usually takes place when the passage is below the water table (although it may happen if the passage is full of water and not saturated with calcium carbonate or calcium magnesium carbonate). A cave passage formed in this way is characteristically circular or oval in cross-section as limestone is dissolved on all…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          TEPCO just admitted the water flows freely beneath the plant, and it's likely "phreatic action" is taking place in an "unconfined aquifer" below the plant (where the underground river lies.)
          Volcanology (re: steam blast eruptions)

          "A phreatic eruption, also called a phreatic explosion or ultravulcanian eruption, occurs when magma heats ground or surface water. The extreme temperature of the magma (anywhere from 500 to 1,170 °C (932 to 2,138 °F)) causes near-instantaneous evaporation to steam, resulting in an explosion of steam, water, ash, rock, and volcanic bombs.[1] At Mount St. Helens, hundreds of steam explosions preceded a 1980 plinian eruption of the volcano.] A less intense geothermal event may result in a mud volcano. In 1949, Thomas Jaggar described this type of activity as a steam-blast eruption.

          Phreatic eruptions typically include steam and rock fragments; the inclusion of lava is unusual. The temperature of the fragments can range from cold to incandescent. If molten magma is included, it is classified as a Phreatomagmatic eruption. These eruptions occasionally create broad, low-relief craters called maars. Phreatic explosions can be accompanied by carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide gas emissions. The former can asphyxiate at sufficient concentration; the latter is a broad spectrum poison. A 1979 phreatic eruption on the island of Java killed 140 people, most of whom were overcome by poisonous gases…

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Now think of how HOT the corium is, compared to the temperature of magma (500 to 1,170 degrees Centigrade), or to 2,138 degrees Farenheit.

            Good explanation on man-made experiments on laboratory created lava, and development of nuclear coriums (coria?) during meltdown:

            "The Most Dangerous (Man-Made) Lava Flow
            BY ERIK KLEMETTI 04.18.13 | 11:45 AM "


            Check out the photo. Sometimes photographs are priceless in terms of illustrating reality.

            The article above states the nuclear corium (lava) develops at about 2,000 degrees Centigrade.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              See also hydrothermal explosion:


              "Hydrothermal explosion
              From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
              Hydrothermal explosions occur when superheated water trapped below the surface of the earth rapidly converts from liquid to steam, violently disrupting the confining rock. Boiling water, steam, mud, and rock fragments called breccia are ejected over an area of a few meters up to several kilometers in diameter. Although the energy inherently comes from a deep igneous source, this energy is transferred to the surface by circulating meteoric water rather than by magma, as occurs in volcanic eruptions. The energy is stored as heat in hot water and rock within a few hundred feet of the surface."

              • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

                Many thanks, HoTaters, for this contribution.
                Clearly, hydrothermal explosions will continue.
                We agree that hydrothermal explosions have already occurred at FDNPP, more or less continuously.

              • Shaker1

                My thanks, also, HoTaters. I haven't visited the webcam forum for a while, but there were steam events outside the buildings. In the very beginning I could imagine that as a consequence of the melts still in those buildings but its intensity and amount of water they add being so great that it could come from not too far beneath the surface, an extremely hot plume of water. Now, though, I'm not so sure and it seems groundwater itself, not just groundwater that mixes with their water, is part of the cooling cycle, minimizing the chance of greater steam events than what is witnessed but less likely to be controlled in action or amount. For visible appearances, they're probably happy for the presence of groundwater. Ignoring subsidence, less water will raise the steam potential, and concerning any walls, there must be either total segreation (for which I have little confidence) or best effort and some measure of water management control within the boundaries of such walls. I guess it's a moot point of value only to discussion as neither the walls or a water-management system and strategy are apparent.

                What's apparent is that be it steam, or the natural evaporation relative to leaked or passed-through contaminated water, minimization from the earth's cycle is the best that one could hope. Evaporation was one of the methods used to handle water at TMI.

                It's never been a pleasant scenario.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      How deep is the corium?
      The corium is still fissioning, as proven by iodine-131 in sewage sludge.
      (Great workstaying on top of this topic, Bobby1! 🙂 )
      In fact, the iodine-131 graph shows us several things.
      First, fission of the rogue nuclear reactors is still happening after 3+ years.
      Second, the rate of fission has been increasing over time.
      Likely, the coria have been joined in the ground by additional molten corium that has melted out of the buildings.
      It is also possible that the corium followed rock layers out to sea, and has broken through the sea floor.
      It is also possible that all 3 coria have joined together, forming a mega-corium, burning like a small sun within the crust of the Earth.

      Is a corium volcano possible?
      My guess is that this is highly unlikely.
      If a corium volcano occurs, it would last only until the Earth had expelled all 250 tonnes of nuclear fuel.
      "China Syndrone" is impossible, as a corium of heavy nuclear elements must sink, but can never rise upwards.
      Will the corium reach the core?
      This could happen.
      Someone with great physics and mathematics skill sets could run a calculation of the total theoritical energy in 257 tonnes of uranium and MOX fuel, and the energy needed to punch a hole to Earth's core.
      What we know now for sure, is that the rogue nuclear reactors are still fissioning, and are apparently heating up.

      • We Not They Finally

        Just information to PhilipUpNorth (in case you did not already know): Leuren Moret says that "Bobby1" is Robert Soltesik (may have misspelled that,) trained as a statistician who tracks epidemiology — though by now, it seems like his purview has been way expanded. She says he has crunched a lot of CDC data, an expertise of his.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Phreatomagmatic explosions being the worst case scenario (see citations below).

  • Shimatsu: Mega Nuclear Explosion Possible within Earth’s Crust Due to 3 Molten Coriums at Fukushima; via @AGreenRoad

  • had a hard time accessing ENEnews this morning.. took about 10 minutes, lots of database error mssgs.

    Anyone else having issues?

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Dr. Goodheart: I always have trouble loading and navigating A Green Road Blog. Seems to be slow, and requires a lot of memory on my end to load and run. Too much memory. While it coild be your use of clunky website software, it is perhaps more likely that you publish your blog on your own server. My guess is that your server is causing the problem, as you probably are running your own desktop computer's internet connection through the same web server. My suggestion is to take the server offline, and thoroughly clean it of the malware, planted to spy on and slow down your operation. Also consider switching internet carriers, going to commercial web hosting, and trying to frustrate what seems to me to be a denial of service attack on your site. 🙂

      • Shaker1

        And thanks for that comment to the Dr., Phillip. I have never been able to access his blog. I'll admit to be really particular in my browser settings, and I attributed that I had no access to those, but to hear another say the same is heartening. The Dr has been dilligent throughout with information concerning Fukushima and elsewhere that I would enjoy mining.

        I don't know what blogsite you might use, Dr., but some are simply horrible for all the extraneous crap that attends viewing a simple text page. For those of us who refuse to accept all the data streams opened at access, or have older machines that don't have 4MB or more of RAM needed today to view text and see a few JPGs that might accompany the text, it's daunting.

      • Glow worm Glow worm

        Dr Googheart, I have to agree with PhilipUpNorth concerning your site. It is always very slow and I think that a good bet that it needs cleaning. Having retired now from my computer repair businesses I can'l help you but suggest that it needs a bit of TLC like we all do from time to time. Now all you have to do is find the time to do it from somewhere,

      • Currently AGRP magazine is hosted by a Google server, with no control of speed, accessibility, or anything else. Yes, it does get slow sometimes, but it could also be denial of service attacks, which all anti nuclear sites are subject to, including ENEnews..

        Any positive suggestions are welcome, or offers to host somewhere else, including all the videos..

        • bo bo

          Your 'A Green Road Blog' was the first website that I encountered which led me down this path to learning the reality of nuclear power.
          Thanks Dr. G.

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Dr. Goodheart:
          Must be some other cause for your computer to be acting up.
          I'd scan for malware and viruses.
          Did not mean to diss your website.
          I admire your work.
          Just wish your site was more accessible, is all.
          Great work. 🙂

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            I have always had a problem with your website , I am on an I pod and thought that may be why . It takes forever to load then acts funny . Like I say it's been a long time for me .

        • mt1000

          ENE comment log in is being attacked … since yesterday!

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            Yes something is goin on , I had posts not go thru at all as well as not being able to post in some forums at all . I also get posts that are moderated .
            It had become so frustrated that I took a much needed break .
            I getting a lot done though
            Made three new tinctures for lyme
            I'll try to clean my computer later and try agin tonite .

    • We Not They Finally

      Dr. G, please don't get discouraged by people's issues with your website! It's a fabulous collection. I think that people mean to say that they would so much appreciate if it were somehow more accessible! We look into it a lot. It's sometimes slow, but well worth the trouble.

      • Shaker1

        WTNF, I sincerely hope that the Dr. didn't take the comments as discouraging. Thanks for clarifying those comments' intent.

        • The site may be slow due to attacks, due to Google slowing things down on purpose, and/or because it contains videos, sometimes numerous ones..

          There is a mirror AGRP blog site on WordPress without any videos.. Try that version and see if it loads faster.

          • Cisco Cisco

            My experience with the aGreenroad site is that it is a slow load. You can't begin to navigate as soon as the page opens. So, I wait now for a minute or two. After that I'm good to go; and, it scrolls great after that.

            It's a GREAT site, just a little slow…no problem.

            Keep up the good work, Doc.

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        I agree it's one of the best .
        Do you manage that all by yourself?
        This is for the green road project

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Because 3 coria are ex-reactor building, and lost in the Earth, what must now be done?

    Japan must admit that the coria are in the ground.
    Japan must release images and a 3D map of the corium under the FDNPP.
    Japan must admit that groundwater is flowing through nuclear debris in the ground.
    Japan must admit that TEPCO's estimates of the contamination entering the Pacific Ocean need to be revised upwards by orders of magnitude.

    In short, Japan must stop groundwater from flowing through the nuclear debris under Fukushima.
    Since the underground Frozen Wall will soon be known to be unworkable, Japan will return to the Impermeable Wall idea.
    Because of the design flaws, and failure of the earlier "U" shaped wall, Japan will design an Impermeable Wall Enclosure to go around Reactors1-4.
    To avoid backing up the groundwater, and flooding the plant, they will build the inland wall first, followed by the harbor wall last.
    The Impermeable Wall enclosure will stop the flow of groundwater through nuclear debris under the reactor ruins, and will divert groundwater into the Ocean.
    TEPCO already has more leak-proof tanks on order to replace the leaky bolted-together POS tanks.
    With the Impermeable Wall Enclosure and leak-proof tanks in place, we will go from having a gigantic load of radioactive contamination entering the Pacific Ocean every day, to having a merely large amount of contamination from tank leaks and scattered Unit3 MOX fuel entering the Ocean.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      How long will this take?
      With clear vision, and dedicated work, it might take 2 or 3 years to build the Impermeable Wall Enclosure and replace all the leaky tanks.
      Since the Japanese seem to lack both vision and dedication, I would say we are looking at more like 10 years to shut down the flow of groundwater under the FDNPP.

      Has everybody heard that ALPS is back up, and fully operational once again?
      How is having a 200 tonne per day ALPS system working to decontaminate 300 tonnes per day of cooling water possibly be called a Water Contamination Plan? 😉

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        What's Ahead For The Pacific Ocean?

        The Pacific Ocean Ecosystem is undeniably in a state of collapse.
        (Well, I guess there are still some academic nuclear industry shills running around, proclaiming that the mechanism for the collapse of this or that species is a mystery. Deniers to the very end.)
        This is less than 4 years after the disaster.
        In 20 years, the Collapse of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem will be complete.
        Very little life will remain, in either hemisphere, at any depth..
        In 50 years, the Pacific Rim may be empty of human habitation.
        In 200 years, mutant human immigrants may try unsuccessfully to resettle long-abandoned coastal lands, but will sucuumb to high levels of radiation.
        Sometime, in the geological future, some sentient being might look at an exposed outcrop of sedimentary rock from the Pacific Ocean, and speculate what caused animals and plants to suddenly disappear at the end of the human era.
        Peace shall finally prevail on Earth.
        Just not in quite the way we had all hoped. 😉

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Having said that, take a look at what a local artist has done for the Baltimore waterfront:
    A Water Wheel powered, unmanned trash removal system!

    I can imagine self propelled, self powering barges moving through the oceans of the world, cleaning up human trash. 😉

    We are such a wonderful people, full of imagination and service to others.
    It is such a bummer to see our beautiful planet ruled by service to self monsters, and its resources divided up by greedy corporations.

    • I put all the magic power I have into wanting to see us alive and kicking in the future doing those wonderful things you mention!


      would like to believe as much, PhilipUpNorth. With things now as bad as they are, I've long seen environmental remediation as offering unlimited economic opportunity. Unfortunately, the elite have their own priorities; which apparently doesn't include a healthy environment…

  • Cisco Cisco

    PUN…Forecasting the results of this event is like opinions; everybody has some. No disrespect and thank you for your good posts, I don't see it as you said, "20 years, the Collapse of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem will be complete. Very little life will remain, in either hemisphere, at any depth. In 50 years, the Pacific Rim may be empty of human habitation."

    There is no solution to containing Daiichi and various government departments, agencies and ministries know it. The work at Daiichi is theater, CTA's (cover the asses), and the last money shot of the millennium.

    I see the North Pacific collapsing within 5 years; some sea creatures still alive but not edible. The West coasts of Canada, the US and Mexico will be the beginning of a mass exodus inland, lots of people sick and dying and finally knowing "it's the radiation, stupid."

    In 20 years or less, I offer that 85% of the biological organisms in the Northern hemisphere will be dead. 5 years after that, the Southern hemisphere will mirror the Northern hemisphere. But, those assumptions are based on Daiichi not catching fire. If that happens, I would cut my estimates in half.

    • Shaker1

      Surely Cisco, life is persistent. As you state, it's much more a matter of whether that life is simply representative to what might be now and whether that life has the same character to support others along the circle that will develop. I guess, if one searched for a relatively innocuous description of what has been done, it's that we haven't managed our ability to realize changes that we might be able to bring into life's ring. More like hiring a stripper (or a company of strippers in this case) for entertainment of children at a birthday party, when the proper thing would have been a clown, or to take them to Chuck-E-Cheese.

  • Hi good Dr. 🙂 I have to post here because, 3 times in a row when I tried to reply up above regarding site problems, the Enews reply box to you kicked this page into reload, but froze with only half showing! So much for clicking the correct reply box. Coding problem re the reply box?

    Anyway, what happens with me shouldn't obfuscate other slow site issues people have mentioned with ARGP because I'm representative of a very small minority of users. In fact, you can call me "The canary in the Dial-up Cage". Which means I'll see a link here to one of your articles and click since it looks like the exact info I need. Buuuut, when the page opens, it's miles (remember, I'm a canary) of text, titles, links, photos and vids on one continuous page. Sometimes I go outside and pull weeds or do some dishes….and come back…yay, it's there!

    Thank you because I love AGRP! It's written so well and helped me learn many facts and history I didn't know.

    • Some sites split up articles into faster loading sections, so you have to click one page at a time to see the whole article.. some people HATE, HATE, HATE that.. Why can't they just show the whole thing?

      Some people love the little pages, because each page loads fast, there no videos, there may be one small pic, and it is simple.

      AGRP is loaded with links, pics, videos and it is sometimes VERY long winded… so it takes a LONG time to load.. so it is not for everyone. 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback and comments everyone, always helpful.

  • mt1000

    heads up:
    Some nice links of pix from Fuku are on the web cam discussion today ….

    orange sunrise etc.

  • Discussion about ice wall by consultants who are helping TEPCO.

    "Any possible siting of the ice wall will intersect a number of major pipes, ducts, drains etc. Some of these features may contain highly radioactive water. This is far from “soil” and will both dangerous to construct and its efficiency can only be guessed at as there is no experience with such a system anywhere else in the world. Additionally, underlying sandstone may have a head of about 35m, so if there is any connection with overlying engineered structures, pathways into the RB/TB may persist."

    • I would never recommend splitting an article.
      But could you have one clickable link called *index of other former or related articles to this topic* at the bottom of an article?
      And next, each of those titles (from the previously clicked index link) would be clickable to view each as an individual article compete with it's own pics and vids.

      I understand how much energy you already put into organizing the site so please take my comment as "just throwing it out there". 🙂

  • Same source above:

    Initial inventory of Cs137 (Unit 1, 2, 3) 700 PBq*

    Corium 350 PBq (are they saying that 50% left the buildings)
    Pressure vessel 70 PBq (only 10% of total is left inside)

    Take a look at page 20; doesn't it look like they are admitting that corium left the buildings?

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