TV: Nuclear waste overflowing into Pacific Ocean at Fukushima — Officials: Impossible to stop the spill anytime soon — Torrential rainfall from approaching typhoon already too much for plant to handle

Published: July 16th, 2015 at 7:54 pm ET
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NHK, Jul. 16, 2015 (emphasis added): Radioactive water from Fukushima plant escapes — The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found that radioactive water has overflowed from a drainage channel, spilling into the sea. This is due to heavy rain… samples taken from the channel about 2 hours later contained 830 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium [and] 1,100 becquerels of beta-ray emitting radioactive substances. An approaching typhoon has been bringing intermittent heavy rain around the plant. The utility suspects that the rain has washed away mud and soil that also contains radioactive materials. It also presumes the amount of rainwater has exceeded the pump’s capacity. The leak was continuing as of 5 PM. But the firm says it cannot stop the spill anytime soon

NHK, Jul 16, 2015: Severe tropical storm Nangka is bringing strong winds and torrential rainfall to wide areas… As of 5 AM Friday, about 360,000 people from 9 prefectures were advised to find alternate shelter…  The meteorological agency warns of further torrential rainfall, landslides and flooding, as well as tidal waves.

NHK transcript excerpts, Jul 16, 2015: In some areas more than 500 mm of rain has been reported since Thursday… The severe tropical storm remains large and intense… Officials at the Japan Meteorological Agency warn of further torrential rain throughout the nation.

Kyodo, Jul 16, 2015: Typhoon Nangka was described as particularly slow-moving, the kind of storm that can wreak most damage… On Thursday parts of the country were already suffering from heavy rain, with Kawauchi village in Fukushima Prefecture recording 77.5 mm per hour [over 3 inches/hr] in the morning…

Watch NHK’s Japanese broadcast about the radioactive spill here

Published: July 16th, 2015 at 7:54 pm ET
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156 comments to TV: Nuclear waste overflowing into Pacific Ocean at Fukushima — Officials: Impossible to stop the spill anytime soon — Torrential rainfall from approaching typhoon already too much for plant to handle

  • West Aussie West Aussie

    Unless sensible minds prevail it wont be long before the rest of these monsters go into melt-down and the planet becomes a different, hostile, grotesque place, bathed in the glow of it's own new set of elements. ELE-ments that appear from the churning guts of a number of demonic machines and weapons that appear to be the manifestations of man's stupidity.
    Why are we being 'offed' this planet when we don't have another one handy?
    Why don't we just bite the bullet and do what Germany is doing and shut the whole lot down?
    Why can't we go beyond and remove all nuclear weapons from the arsenals of the worlds powers?
    I feel a bit simple sometimes because I just want to ask no one in particular; why are we so disgusting to each other, either through proxy by what we do for a quid, or just out of hatred because we feel that's a justifiable emotional response to a number of situations?
    I have a number of answers, but in the end, none seem to help!
    We've proved ourselves to be as irresponsible children when it has concerned the stewardship of this planet and it's resources. I feel like a lost child sometimes. Looking around at the enormity of the death, disease, and destruction being wrought around the world and realizing that these people/whatever place zero value on a life. It's realizing that we are so vulnerable, so unprepared for the dispossession. These forces have found a way to kill us all. Slowly and horribly. Why, why, why?
    Time for my GMO crackers…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    There is always a reason.. :( The control over Money!
    http://thecrowhouse.com/calling.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTbIu8Zeqp0

    We humans are destroying this planet.. :(


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  • nirakenna

    Nuclear power is an absurd way to boil water. If we have not learned our lesson from TMI, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, we are pretty much doomed as there are hundreds of these ticking time bombs all over the world — accidents just waiting to happen. Radiation Protective Foods, by Sara Shannon is, sadly, probably the most important book to own.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-nuclear-power-plants-completing-upgrades-prompted-by-fukushima-1.2475575

    Canadian nuclear power plants completing upgrades prompted by Fukushima

    Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
    Saturday, July 18, 2015

    FREDERICTON — More than four years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown of three nuclear reactors in Japan, lessons learned are still being put into place at nuclear power plants in Canada.

    But one critic is questioning whether the industry and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission have gone far enough in preparing for potential disasters, particularly in light of climate change.

    Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a nuclear industry observer with Greenpeace, said while the technical changes mandated by the commission are good there also needs to be a new mind set in the nuclear industry after what happened at the Fukushima Daiichi facility.

    Using a recent licence renewal hearing for the Bruce nuclear plants in Ontario as an example, he said discussions on tornado strengths were inadequate and more severe weather must be considered as a result of climate change. …


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    • rogerthat

      "Fukushima should be a warning that we should be looking at these new, more extreme weather events in the risk assessments of all plants globally, and we haven't done that yet," Stensil added.

      Ramzi Jammal, executive vice-president of the commission, said it launched a review of Canadian nuclear power plants shortly after the March 2011 accident at Fukushima. Two years later it produced a report, and identified changes that must be completed by the end of this year.

      "We need to expect the unexpected," he said.

      Before Fukushima, Jammal said the emphasis in the nuclear industry was on design and prevention, but now it's on prevention and mitigation.

      "Now we're saying accidents are going to occur. We are going to design and put into place emergency measures to deal with off-site consequences," he said.

      The effort is to make nuclear power plants completely self-sufficient in situations that would stress a facility beyond most reasonable and probable scenarios, Jammal said.

      He said that means making each facility able to provide its own back-up power, cooling water and other key safety measures to protect a reactor in the event of earthquakes, tornadoes, blackouts, and even terrorism.

      They need to be self-sufficient for three days to a week, depending on how remote the facility is located. …


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  • EngineeringBloke

    NHK transcript excerpts, Jul 16, 2015: In some areas more than 500 mm of rain has been reported since Thursday… The severe tropical storm remains large and intense… Officials at the Japan Meteorological Agency warn of further torrential rain throughout the nation.

    500 mm is almost 20 inches of rain – Wow, that has to be hard to manage! Better order some more mops.


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