WSJ: Soaring radioactivity levels on coast of Fukushima plant — Nuclear material may have leeched from melted fuel cores and into environment

Published: July 8th, 2013 at 8:21 am ET


Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2013: Fukushima Watch: Tritium Levels Soar on Coast at Fukushima Plant […] More than two years after the devastating accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, operator [Tepco] is seeing levels soar of a radioactive element called tritium. The problem spot is on the coastal side of the plant’s heavily damaged No. 2 reactor, one of the areas where Tepco regularly monitors groundwater to check for radioactive elements that may have leeched from the plant’s partly melted fuel cores and into the environment. […]

Jiji Press, July 8, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. says 2,300 becquerels per liter of tritium was found in seawater sampled off its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station Wednesday, the highest level recorded since the March 2011 accident. […] It is feared that groundwater containing high levels of tritium may be leaking into the sea from the plant’s No. 2 reactor building.

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Published: July 8th, 2013 at 8:21 am ET


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30 comments to WSJ: Soaring radioactivity levels on coast of Fukushima plant — Nuclear material may have leeched from melted fuel cores and into environment

  • Sickputer

    "Cold shutdown condition" as announced by Japanese officials in December 2011. What a Machiavellian lie.

    Why anyone would vote for candidates in favor of reopening closed nuclear plants seems puzzling until you realize that economics trumps family health for most naked apes.

    The numbed majority are in favor of unleashing the deadly invisible serpents that shorten their lives because they fear poverty worse than bone-wracking leukemia from strontium-90 and horrible birth defects.

    It's a terrible paradox (and not Pandora's Promise) with no easy answers for Japan or any of the nuclear countries.

    There are energy alternatives that provide jobs, but getting the nucleorats out of the picture is virtually impossible. They ARE Big Brother and he never plays fair.

    But they will learn that their evil-earned riches can't protect their own progeny from radioactive illnesses anx death. And that my friends is the ultimate Midas Touch.

    • Trawling4Trolls

      Less than coincidental that after 'transferring' contaminated water from leaking tanks the seawater contamination level rises to its highest since the meltdowns. People on this site have predicted they would do this. It is the most recent manifestation of the repulsive Japanese mindset: govt.-sponsored and protected corruption and dislocated revenge served cold for all downstream.

      Biological experiments on prisoners of war and righteous indignation at use of nuclear weapons existing side-by-side in their worldview. Repulsive.

      Pearl Harbor 2 to loot the economies, tariff fraud, and nowhere to spend the accumulated 'wealth' other than buying the govt. bonds of those they've looted.

      And then allowing 'dumping' of dirty bomb products on those downwinders. Repulsive.

      After their own govt. looted the peoples' savings over the last 2 decades, the peoples' imperative is to preserve their standard of living at the expense of their own children. 'Thrift' rewarded with looting and repulsive rules the day.

      Vampire nation.


    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "The sample from the hole No.1-1 has high tritium (600,000 Bq/liter), but take a look at the sample from the hole No.1-2. It has extremely high amount of all-beta, at 900,000 Bq/liter. The sample also have higher amounts of cesium and other gamma nuclides compared to the sample from the hole No.1-1."

      The damage to the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Disaster is staggering in its scope. Imagine running a genetic experiment on all the plants and animals in Earth's largest ocean all at once, and for hundreds of years. Make that thousands of years.

      What are the sources of the radiation contaminating the Pacific Ocean?
      Cooling water is dumped into the Unit1,2,&3 reactor ruins to cool fuel splatter left behind.
      This water flows out the bottom of Containments1,2,&3 into groundwater, and also out of Torus Basements.
      Groundwater flows through corium lava tubes left by the passage of Corium1,2,&3.
      Corium1,2,&3 melted down into the mudrock, then out under the Pacific Ocean, following layers in the mudrock.
      As Corium1,2,&3 melted under the Harbor and Ocbean floor, radioactive steam and water flowed up through cracks in the seabed, and into the ocean.

      Who will be affected?
      Millions of fishermen, including employees on factory ships, will no longer find customers for their fish.
      The Pacific Ocean Fishery will suffer ongoing depression for thousands of years, with billions in annual…

    • Problems from below in groundwater and oceans. But then there are the problems above us, which the mass media also ignores.

      Wait till a plutonium filled satellite ends up as a fire ball above New York City…

      Problems With Nuclear Bombs, Satellites And Weapons In Space; via @AGreenRoad

      Nuclear Accidents, Recycling Nuclear Weapons/Fuel

    • We Not They Finally

      "Cold shutdown" just referred their humanity….

    • We Not They Finally

      Sickputer, you may be underestimating "the numbed majority." There are three plants they want to re-start in a prefecture adjacent to Fukushima and the Governor there is furious that they are not gaining the consent of the public as they are mandated by law. It has to be impossible for people to not know by now that they are in grave danger, even from stories from relatives, neighbors and friends. The health of children alone is in disaster territory. But the population is being rendered powerless.

      Japan is not a violent country culturally. (It's their leaders who YES want military power.) It's not like every citizen thinks of himself as a self-appointed militia which is way too common (and upsetting!)in the States. But something has to give somewhere at some time. Seriously wonder what it might be.

  • Joe Ebslap Joe Ebslap

    Nicely said.

  • many moons

    Didn't TEPCO already announce they would be putting melted fuel material/fuel rods and whatever else directly into the ocean?

    Wouldn't that cause levels to soar? Aren't those cranes busy swing something from side to side….picking something up and moving it somewhere else…picking up the fuel and moving it to the ocean.

    WSJ…."More than two years after the devastating accident.."..(let me finish this)…we are just getting started and the only option we have is throwing this nuclear material which will be active for hundreds of thousands of years into the water to save our lives…for a little longer…

    • We Not They Finally

      They are doing LOTS of thing to make radiation levels soar!! It's just announcements and excuses that they drib-drab out to the public. Honestly, even if they did absolutely nothing, radiation levels would soar! Because it's AN ONGOING CATASTROPHE!!

      But to constantly compound that with ZERO concern for human life is way worse even than the drib-drab "leaks" about radiation levels soaring. Those poor people. Their genome is already wrecked. They have no future.

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  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    I don't believe it… The Wall Street Journal has noticed something other than the 1%'s credit rating, that must have been a very scary moment for them, realising that there is more going on in the world than 'which bank has bought which other bank', we really must be entering the end game of mankind…

    Seriously though it's NICE to see the MSM finally waking up to see the world and smell the Choka Mocka cappuccino… Even the BBC News twitter feed has had 1 or 2 pieces on Fukushima.

    • Cisco Cisco

      davidh7426…The piece is propaganda. First it tells you there is something serious happening at Fuku. Honest so far…seems they're making a credible statement. But after that, it's nothing more than "hey don't worry, be happy", "put 'em to sleep" message. It follows:
      "Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen with a half life of around 12 years, which occurs naturally and is also produced in the process of nuclear fission. It tends to flow along with water — both in and out of human bodies, for instance — and so is thought to be less harmful than other radioactive elements, such as cesium, associated with nuclear plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls it “one of the least dangerous of radionuclides.”
      That said, the tritium level that Tepco measured on July 5 in one of its coastal monitoring wells near reactor No. 2 is ten times above Japan’s safety standard of 60,000 becquerels per liter, and rising. (A becquerel is a measure of how much radioactive energy is released per second.) That’s the highest such level the company has recorded since the accident.

      For reference, a person who drank two liters of water at the 60,000 becquerel safety limit every day for a year would get a bit more radioactive exposure than one stomach X-ray, according to a 2000 report from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation."

      • Cisco Cisco


        The WSJ is a mouth organ for the US chamber of commerce, every politically powerful polluter, oil & gas, coal, nuclear, etc. Their only interest in the 99% is to exploit us for our low cost labor like human drill presses. When you motor runs down, like the Donald likes to say, “you’re fired”.

        The WSJ is bought and paid for. They’re not waking up, “it's NICE to see the MSM finally waking up to see the world”; they’re just reinforcing the spin that Fuku is not to worry about.

        BTW…great copy writing WSJ

      • We Not They Finally

        Cisco, analysis well done! UNSCEAR is a pack of criminals — we're upset that the U.N. has come to this. (WHO as well.) Note also the not-so-subliminal message in WSJ that safety limits set by governments are just there to be IGNORED because the radiation won't harm you!

        Is that why the U.S. is poised to raise "safe limits" upwards by a factor of 435? So whatever limit is set, it really won't matter anyway? Any amount will suddenly be "safe"? Or you will be dead first and who cares?

  • ftlt

    Love the "MAY BE LEAKING" from the Tepco blurb…

    They know they have successfully lost the attention of the masses on this thing…

    They just need to massage the truth every now and then for a nuclear victory…

  • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

    The actual WSJ article plays everything down…as usual…

    • as usual …and continuously.

      The WSJ compares drinking tritium to getting a stomach x-ray.
      (I can only hope people catch on soon to that horrendous misinformation.)

      Using words like 'heavily damaged' and 'crippled' don't really say it like it is. IMO – Completely DESTROYED, might be a better description.

      "tritium level …measured on July 5. That’s the highest such level the company has recorded since the accident." – wsj

      • hbjon hbjon

        The uranium machines were simply converted into a life ending, ocean posidoning, atmosphere taunting, moxicological antibiographical radiologically saturating stink bomb.

  • Sol Man

    Who knew?!
    Limestone and coral are porous?

  • Sol Man

    We are assured that there is no immediate threat?
    We may die in a few moments or months, but not immediately!


    WSJ also calls it "partly melted fuel cores". When in reality it's "the blown all to hell reactors and containment vessels in the crumbling, on the verge of collapsing buildings".

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      At near 5,000 degrees C, those cores are molten lava, not "partly melted". Nice catch, KDM. 😉

  • Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it. -John Steinbeck

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Getting worse by the day.

  • ML

    "Tritium has certain characteristics that present unique challenges for dosimetry and health-risk assessment. For example, in the gas form, tritium can diffuse through almost any container, including those made of steel, aluminum, and plastics. In the oxide form, tritium can generally not be detected by commonly used survey instruments. In the environment, tritium can be taken up by all hydrogen-containing molecules, distributing widely on a global scale. Tritium can be incorporated into humans through respiration, ingestion, and diffusion through skin. Its harmful effects are observed only when it is incorporated into the body." from 1994.
    Interesting. Tritium can be inhaled. This form of nuclear contamination has been occurring since the 1950s.
    I found a reference to tritium being self heating:
    So why can't it be implicated in global warming?
    Smoke it WSJ.

  • Kassandra


    Someone at the WSJ article posted that rising tritium levels are evidence of ongoing criticalities. Is that true?

    1:15 am July 9, 2013
    Anonymous wrote:

    Tritium is a by product of the fission process. For levels to rise, fission must be occurring. Last year, Tepco put an endoscope into No2 expecting to find 11 meters of water, instead, they found less than 2 meters and a hole in the floor where the molten corium had exited the building. A couple of months ago, they floated the idea of freezing the groundwater to prevent it coming into the buildings. It seems clear now the core from No2 is somewhere under the building, probably below the water table (which was why they wanted to freeze it) and has started self reacting which is why Tritium levels are rising. Tepco must have known this all along. At some point, Tepco needs to stop trying to cover everything up, they are already not trusted on anything they say, and people need to start making a lot of noise to their politicians or it will be your children and their children who will be paying the price.

    [sorry for double posting but I think this is important]

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    All of this radiation Contamination will end up on the shores of the United States of America and Canada very soon….yummy!

    Invisible, odorless and tasteless…and growing in size and quantity everyday!

    Love this concept and only a bat-shit crazy species would do such a thing.

    Those deep wells worked out real well for the Gulf now didn't they?

    If you can't see the pollution…it must not exist. Banning all oil drilling in the oceans would be the best approach too.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      It will be taken up into the air and dropped in the rain and snow all over the world. And my family is still eating at Japanese restaurants and eating seafood and all the animals who are bioaccumulating the radiation and eating all the GMO food fed to the animals.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Our newly created synthetic world created by our human 'bat-shit crazy" gods!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Kassandra…yes lots of noise.. and an excellent post!