Washington Post: It’s an environmental disaster, radioactivity levels in ocean hundreds of times above normal — NHK: Countries around Pacific worried about ongoing Fukushima leaks, gov’t wants testing up to 3,000 km offshore (VIDEO)

Published: October 22nd, 2013 at 5:06 am ET
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Washington Post, Oct. 22, 2013: [...] Japan’s effort to clean up what remains of the complex is turning into another kind of disaster. [...] 400 tons of toxic groundwater is flowing daily into the Pacific Ocean [...] the flow of radioactive water amounts to a slow-burning environmental disaster with implications for Japan’s wildlife and its food chain. [...] The coastal Fukushima plant is on an old riverbed [...] rainfall from across the region would funnel toward the plant [...] Both the government and Tepco say the ocean contamination is confined mostly to a man-made harbor around the plant. But some scientists say that assurance plays down significant long-term concerns about marine life and the food chain. Cesium levels are still hundreds of times the pre-accident norm in areas beyond the harbor, said Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who has monitored waters around the nuclear plant, most recently last month. [...] “It’s a serious concern for internal doses. (Radionuclides) are now on the seafloor and could stay in the food chain for years, if not decades.” [...]

NHK WORLD, Oct. 21, 2013: [Tepco] has announced plans to monitor offshore radiation around the clock [...] many experts have been calling for 24-hour monitoring to allow faster responses to unexpected leaks and provide a clearer idea of how much water has escaped. [...] The nuclear regulators have proposed expanding the offshore monitoring from the current 300 kilometers to between 1,000 and 3,000 kilometers. [...] the agency will ask the operators of oceangoing vessels to collect data for northern Pacific Rim countries that are worried about radioactive leaks.

NHK Newsline, Oct. 21, 2013: “Nuclear regulators proposed increasing the distance they’re monitoring from 300 kilometers to up to 3,000 kilometers”

See also: Official Gov't Documents: Fukushima to endanger North Pacific marine ecosystem and health of human beings? "Very important to monitor radiation exposure level and assess effects of radioactive substances"

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Published: October 22nd, 2013 at 5:06 am ET
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65 comments to Washington Post: It’s an environmental disaster, radioactivity levels in ocean hundreds of times above normal — NHK: Countries around Pacific worried about ongoing Fukushima leaks, gov’t wants testing up to 3,000 km offshore (VIDEO)

  • Horse Horse

    If Tepco does any measuring they will continue to control the data. Anecdotal stories tell of a dying ocean and beach. Pacific rim nations need oversight and verification of all testing, results posted on the internet, or we will only see more reassuring Tepco press releases.

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  • bo bo

    Did anyone read the part where Ken Buessler says 'I could SWIM in that water (outside the Daiichi plant)..but I may not want to eat the fish coming from that water.'

    I would love for you to swim in that water and show us that you can, Kenny Wussler.

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    • hbjon hbjon

      He could swim in there, but not before being outfitted with the proper water proof suit. The most damaging radiation would actually be shielded by the water. However, the swim suit that completely covered all areas of the body would probably soon disintegrate. Do you think we would hear about that interesting experiment?

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    • HoTaters HoTaters


      Bo, git 'em, girl.

      Sly kitty in shades of black and white says, 'nuff of your nonsenses, now git it straight, budster.

      Hope you're doing well. I saw some of your work, and I'm pretty sure I remember seeing it in San Francisco. You have been around in the magazine, book, and illustration world for awhile, eh?

      Very unique, so I'm pretty sure it was your work. Nice. Always appreciated it.

      Hope to chat with you off list some day. Wishing you well, peace, bliss, contentment.

      I'm at an important conference for two days. Trying to learn what the effects of radiation plus CERN plus solar radiation management, plus dumping of fly ash to get the gooey, dripping clouds (my conjecture), but the coal fly ash is 99% assured to contain the chief toxins in at least one phase of the global warming studies, a.k.a., geoengineering.

      Hoping to come away from this with an understanding(with scientific certainty backing up what I quote) ….

      The group is going to address the really important aspects of the collective ecological disasters taking place due to man's terraforming, weather warfare under the guise of global warming studies, how accidents like Fukushima and WIPP (and all the others) act together in a synergistic manner.

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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        It is quite likely no one is sure what the sum effect of all this on the planet will be. Yet we can begin to see on the horizon, oh, sheesh, it's now way past the horizon, um,

        Things are getting really dire in a lot of ways, environmentally. Massive methane releases into the Arctic and atmosphere, bending the jet stream all around and causing freakish weather …. All that Krypton 85 and Tritium aloft, the buckyballs, causing who knows what messes. Do the bucykballs stick to the coal tar? If so, you've got one heck of a toxic little dirty bomb. Uranyl peroxide bucky balls, with maybe some Plutonium and Uranium, and some of the other caged radioactive birds which glom onto the buckyball cage.

        I just wonder what, collectively, the effect will be of everything
        working together and acting synergistically.

        Wish I knew enough about nuclear

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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Wish I knew enough about nuclear chemistry to understand, chemically, what is taking place. And the physics of how all of these materials are interacting, what they "do", and how they affect life forms, the weather, the biosphere.

          Going to this conference, IMO, feels like taking a look at the ugly belly of the beast. The, "Yes, the genie did get out of the bottle, and we can't put it back."

          Please pray for me if you're a praying person. Or think good thoughts, meditate on our time there being productive, and uplifting. May we come away with a sense of purpose, and some clear ideas of what specific actions we'd like to make, reactions we'd like to register.

          May it all be prudent and helpful for us all.

          If this goes as planned, the Geoengineering conference or "expose" in Redding will give us some more tools for persuading others to look to better, more positive, sustainable, light-on-the-earth footprints. And perhaps we'll be better enabled to apply the methods to oursevles and our ways of life.

          I take this very seriously. Fukushima has, IMO, enormously compounded the very, very serious issues the solar radiation management, geoengineering, ice nucleation, jet stream steering, ionospheric heater activity, CERN, etc. (and likely much more) already posed.

          This person read many of the patents back around 2006-2008. I'd been aware of the issue and a weather watcher (cloud lover. As soon as what we only knew to call "chemtrails"

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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            … and a weather watcher (cloud lover). Chemtrails appeared, the weather began to change radically.

            The more I know about this (and Fukshima and other massive nuclear issues), the more I think we're in for seeing things that are just beyond our imaginations right now.

            I'm trying to prepare myself spiritually to leave here. The future looks absolutely so uncertain, for so many resasons, right now. Spiritual aspects, ecological calamaties, rising radiation levels, no sign things are changing

            We don't know what to expect. Our family now has a water treatment plant, and supplies likely a thousand families in the town where we have our store, with clean, purified drinking water.

            We feel a moral responsibility to provide people with the healthiest water we possibly can.

            Right now I'm trying to figure out where a zeolite component could fit into our system, as it may (likely) remove(s) Tritium from the water.

            To the best of my knowledge, that's the only thing that will. Unless someone (like Russia & partners) have some elaborate system they've devised for cleaning up Fuku Plant water.

            Anther issue of concern is: what kind of water system or water system & air filtration system (room) removes volatile organic chemicals which might be in the water during procesing?

            Not sure what the VOC's are; probably important to understand. Removing VOC's would take some very sophisticated filtration methods. Other ways to remove these compounds?

            Many things to…

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          • cannotdo1 cannotdo1

            you are a smart and energetic person hotators. The nuclear chemistry is an over complicated misnomer. You just need two separate charts. First a chart of the chemical properties of the parent element like say U238. That is the more stable form of uranium. Its radioisotopes will have tge same chemical properties as the more stable uranium which is a heavy metal like lead that accumulates in bone and oxidizes to a heavy black powder when it is refined. The nuclear part of it is what radioisotopes it dgrades to with time and what types of particles it emits in the process. That will take a second chart.

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  • markww markww

    The Nuclear Industry is DANGEROUS, in fact they will KILL to save their precious Radiation including SHILLS that LIE and attack people TO HIDE TRUTH HONESTY AND HONOR from UN HONORABLE WICKED PEOPLE. People worldwide are dying past present and future from Radiation releases and Toxins they DUMP.


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    • PraisingTruth anne

      Their nuclear power plants kill people everyday with the release of radiation into the atmosphere and water. The nuclear industry cannot exist without continually killing [random premediated murder] people. Nuclear power plants are created to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons whose only purpose is to kill people.

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    • MichaelV MichaelV



      The letter takes aim at Adinolfi, calling him a "sorcerer of the atomic industry" and criticising him for claiming in an interview that none of the deaths during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 were due to nuclear incidents.

      "Adinolfi knows well that it is only a matter of time before a European Fukushima kills on our continent," the letter stated.

      The global nuclear cabal members are all reading from the same script…
      …there is allegorical evidence of IAEA complicity in minimizing the events of Fukushima.

      If any substantial/hard evidence were produced involving collusion among these bastards I do hope charges are filed.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hi MichaelV, are you sure you mean "allegorical" evidence? I'm not sure what you mean by that. Allegory is using words or symbols to represent something.

        Do you mean there is soundness to the allegations, based on what you perceive to be a preponderance of evidence?

        From Mirriam Webster:

        al·le·ga·tion noun \ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən\
        : a statement saying that someone has done something wrong or illegal


        1: the act of alleging
        2: a positive assertion; specifically : a statement by a party to a legal action of what the party undertakes to prove
        3: an assertion unsupported and by implication regarded as unsupportable <vague allegations of misconduct>


        al·le·go·ry [al-uh-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee] noun, plural al·le·go·ries
        1. a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
        2. a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.
        3. emblem ( def 3 ) .

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        • MichaelV MichaelV


          They're such weasels that it's difficult finding the right words for the many facets of the Fukushima disaster.

          Allegorical was the incorrect term for what I'm trying to argue: bring the responsible nuclear insiders to justice.

          Thanks for the clarification..! If only the press would be as courageous in finding out the truth.

          I'm sure that if enough loot were available someone could be convinced to 'leak' a secret memo or email.

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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Radiation levels in groundwater at FDNPP indicate that the groundwater comes into direct contact with nuclear fuel debris, located in the ground under reactor buildings1-3. The presence of iodine-131 indicates constant criticalities as nuclear fuel fissions outside of any containment. It is time for TEP.gov to come clean with the international community, and admit the presence of nuclear corium in the ground underneath FDNPP.

    Where is the damn corium, eh, TEPCO?

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  • kintaman kintaman

    Where has defender of the environment David Suzuki been all this time? He has been very quiet on this topic and seriously dropping the ball.

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    • bo bo

      I asked this a while ago.. but again.. any update on Erin Brokovich? And what about environmentally minded Hollywood stars, Alec Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone…

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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Alec Baldwin and Christie Brinkley spoke at the RPHP annual meeting in New York to help raise awareness about Fukushima. That was in June, 2013.

        Glad Christie Brinkley has stepped up to the plate. Didn't realize she had any activist inclinations.

        Here's a link to the Radiation and Public Health Project:


        2013 RPHP Annual Meeting

        "On June 13, 2013, RPHP held its annual meeting in New York City. Speakers included Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Dr. Donald Louria, and several RPHP Board members. Much emphasis was placed on the RPHP role as reactors age and close (four U.S. reactors shut down in the prior four months)"

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  • Sickputer

    Update from Tokyo 2020 Olympics Planning Committee:

    "Due to anticipated minor ocean turbulence in Tokyo Bay there is a slight change in the rowing events. Participants and their boats will be air lifted each day 4,800 miles on C-130 aircraft to the Cook Islands. The Committee is delighted to have the assistance of the Tongan people and the United States Air Forces. Thank you for your understanding in this slight inconvenience. That is all. Smile and be happy.

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  • Lady M

    Sickputer — Hahaha, good one!!

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  • Gayla Gayla

    For more than 300 links to Fukushima information, see http://www.fukushimafaq.info

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  • In the big picture of things, my item may not seem like a big deal, but pets are like our own children.

    I've just posted an alert about lethal pet treats on the Off-topic Non-nuclear Forum at 7:36 p.m.

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  • MichaelV MichaelV


    I concede. The first three are close in age, and are, but for Sharon, are well preserved, compared to a close personal friend who died in her home one week ago from a host of maladies; she was 73.

    I wouldn't expect an energy vice President, a Queen with investments in uranium extraction, or foreign affairs chief to advocate for ending nuclear power.

    However, I do wonder why the people of means don't do more. They ignorantly act as if they have another place in mind to which they will quietly sneak off to.

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  • dopestone dopestone

    i love the subtle way they change the statistics every three to five weeks.

    "there is speculation that there is some leakage into the sea"

    300 tons a day, 400 tons a day, we won't even be able to make any sense of the numbers soon, i mean, honestly if it's just a gaping oozing cavity in the crust filled with nasty toxic radioactive poison, what difference does it make how many tons of water flows through it? the entire site is contaminated with exploded fuel pellets and aerosolized DNA vaporizers that press the delete button on your nut sack.

    soon nature will have to empty the trash, kind of like an exhaust getting buried and backfiring fumes into the cabin of our earthly jeep.

    god bless japan.

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  • Shaker1

    Of those mentioned, the Queen, Kissinger, Cheney, which of them has done any real physical labor in their lives? Is that why Sharon is some exception? As for Cheney, his mind truly went some years ago with his dependence upon medication to keep what heart he had alive. Too bad they couldn't do anything for his spiritual heart.

    People through the ages have lived long lives, even some who have had a hard life. It's just you don't hear much about them but blurbs in the newspaper celebrating their 100th. I guess it's the same for history.

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