Wall St. Journal: ‘Potentially lethal’ Strontium-90 moving deeper into groundwater at Fukushima, levels rising — Asahi: Radioactive material spreading below underground wall next to ocean — Record high on other side of final barrier by Unit 3

Published: January 31st, 2014 at 9:46 pm ET


Detailed Analysis Results in the Port of Fukushima Daiichi NPS, around Discharge Channel and Bank Protection, Jan.30, 2014:

“The highest dose among the results previously announced in the ‘Detailed Analysis Results in the Port of Fukushima Daiichi NPS, around Discharge Channel and Bank Protection'”

Wall St. Journal, Jan. 31, 2014: Among the radioactive materials that were dispersed at the site, the potentially lethal alkaline earth metal [strontium] poses the biggest immediate concern, because, unlike cesium, it doesn’t get trapped in soil and tends to accumulate in bones of fish and animals if ingested. […] strontium has been slowly moving to deeper into ground water, which could be moving toward the ocean. […] Radiation levels in groundwater sampled from several monitoring wells have been very slowly rising since last summer and radioactive strontium has been detected since October, according to data from Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The Asahi Shimbun, Jan. 31, 2014: A team of reporters from The Asahi Shimbun visited the site on Jan. 29. […] Another problem exists underneath the embankment on the eastern side of the plant site. Radioactive materials have been found to be spreading under that embankment. […]

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Published: January 31st, 2014 at 9:46 pm ET


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57 comments to Wall St. Journal: ‘Potentially lethal’ Strontium-90 moving deeper into groundwater at Fukushima, levels rising — Asahi: Radioactive material spreading below underground wall next to ocean — Record high on other side of final barrier by Unit 3

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    The bone seeker otherwise known as the gream reaper. Strontium.

  • Daisy207

    Strontium is just along for the ride – in the water (uuuuh the TRITIUM). The deadly cocktail, Sr, Cs, U, + hundreds of other radio nucleides. One gets the bones, the others get everything else and its all washed down with tritium.

  • Since the melted out cores are now exposed and no doubt dissolving into the ground water yeah strontium in the water. You folks are all aware I guess that plutonium readily bonds to oxygen and hydrogen to form plutonium oxides and hydrates in water

    Never mind the myriad number of radionuclides present and not accounted for when mainstream media report only about strontium. No mention of bio-accumulation. No sushi tonite. Go Mongolian Bowl.

    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      They mention bio-accumulation but not in humans — "tends to accumulate in bones of fish and animals if ingested" — it's a verbal trick to make us think the problem is "out there" so we shouldn't worry.

  • or-well

    NuKiller Comix proudly presents
    the newest addition to our line-up
    BONESEEKER A.K.A Strontium

    courtesy of or-well
    (inspired by timemachine2020)

    a graphic novel, manga, comic whatever..
    horror-themed – that's big lately…
    a potentially HUGE list of villains – radionuclides!!
    roaming the world, doing bad things – to everybody!!
    cowering, terrified masses,
    a brave few fighting them and losing – horribly!!

    Sort of a yakuza gang maybe…anyway
    they each attack folks in a way that is characteristic of that isotope, going after bones, hearts, thyroids, testicles etc

    Their one secret weapon is of course invisibility.
    Their strength declines ONLY IF they aren't replenished by you- know-what so the way folks fight them is by fighting their human minions of the Nukist Cult and trying to shut down NPP's.
    Or something.
    Their "backstory" could include all the major nuke catastrophies.

    It might be educational.

    And to try and pretend this is on topic,
    the human minions could work for companies thinly disguised as, say, Tepco or maybe media downplayers or Regulators.

    For those who think I'm kidding – I'm not.
    I hope some artist sees this and runs with it.

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      I really like it or-well
      Street theatre
      Great for a demonstration type event
      Dressing up as atoms
      Illustrating what occurs with fusion
      Gee I hope I'm learning something
      Chain reaction .nuclei ..uranium /plutonium….fission…gamma rays …hydrogen/deuterium one proton neutron tritium neuron helium
      Now I'm really confused ….

      Ok major players first ….we need water , hydrogen
      Shit we need a lot of people
      Just playing here though I really need a grade school explanation in this as I must of missed school that day …someone please help me out ..links for the beginner with illustrations
      Basic chemistry
      Now that we have that established that I am a total moron
      I need a picture and talking points , I need to grasp at the concept
      Anyone up to being a tutor!?LOL
      We could use a tutorial as a discussion thread
      It would go a long way seeing that we here are composed of many levels of understanding on this site

      • or-well

        clamshellernh, street theatre is a great idea!
        But forget the boring science stuff…heh…
        picture a flashmob…t-shirts with the names…like "strontium 90"
        or "Cesium137" or whatever…running up to people and saying something or handing them something like "I attack bones" or working with partners as victims, using plastic props like skeleton parts or hearts or livers or whatever.

        If you want science stuff it's on the internet.
        Folks need to get informed, get scared, get mad as hell and not take it any more.

        • clamshellernh clamshellernh

          I love that
          And yes it takes a group and everyone has a job
          So to have the science geek among us do just that dressed as such too .
          Have you ever heard of bread and circus ?
          They are doing a traveling show on nuclear and environment
          I'll see if they are still in my area
          And check the show out
          I was asked if I wanted to help out .
          Thanks for giving me an exit on that one .
          Want to say I'm hopeless but I know better
          Esp here and all the reading I'm doing
          I must say I have become the resident expert .
          As long as I have good talking points that are succinct
          Most important in dealing with the masses
          Thanks again
          Let's collaborate more perhaps because this sounds like a good thing , remember the
          More the yippies they used parody to get the gist of what was happening in politics ….

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            must say I have become the resident expert

            NOT HERE
            In my neck of the woods is what I meant and that's because I'm one of the only ones that have this on the front burner

          • bo bo

            Clam I can draw I'm an illustrator.

          • or-well

            oh yes, the "yippies"!
            Parody, satire, mockery, poetry, graphics, song and dance…all have a place.
            Who knows what might penetrate someone's bubble at any given moment?

            • clamshellernh clamshellernh

              I lived with them on bleaker street in 1979 1980
              Went down with them after the seabrook rally
              I was 18
              Went down for the democratic convention
              When I went to s17 I saw pie man
              And they still have a place down there
              You see I had a choice back then as I was full of piss and vinegar we were taking about Wall Street then
              Well that's how I came to the conclusion that I could be a kamikaze
              Or show people how to take themselves off the grid
              I then built a home with a certified organic farm for many years
              I had purpose
              It's in my blood
              And heart
              I never thought it would happen though
              And this is the game changer ….
              My kids I worry about the most
              I don't take life for granted anymore

              • flatsville


                I was in NYC at that Dem Conv protesting too. I was also credentialed, but spent most of my time outside the convention.

                >>>Went down for the democratic convention.<<<

                I remember that the whole city reeked because of the garbage strike with the exception of Little Italy, where it was so clean you could eat off the street.

        • We Not They Finally

          or-well, I'd be fine with "I'm mad as hell" and I'm "not going to take it anymore" (as per "Network" and also now, you,) but "taking it" is already with us, and in the most demonic forms — silent, invisible, multiple sources through multiple common mediums (air, water, soil, food,) and daunting to measure.

          The thing is, radioactivity won't be shut off because of any POLITICAL protest. It's coming our way in any case. But we do need lots of EDUCATION FOR PROTECTION — like stay out of the rain, and what supplements to take to combat radioactivity. Then the MEDICAL system will have to be pressured to take on the escalating health crises — not lie about statistics, or set crazy-high levels as "safe." Then food will have to be tested.

          So far as political organizing is concerned (and in what may become volatile conditions), it's up against INSTITUTIONS. Institutions with all the resources on THEIR side. And even if popular will takes hold, the root cause, the escalating radiation, will still remain.

          Like for the Vietnam War, popular will stopped the war machine. Here, even if the institutions can be made more responsive, it's not "a war that can be stopped." I pray that there will be committed leaders who can figure it out. To at least give us our best chance.

          • or-well

            We Not They Finally,
            good points.
            We are "taking it" in the form of Nuke's contaminants, and we can't undo their existence.
            And, as you so rightly point out, we all need education on how to protect ourselves as best we can.
            I think folks need to understand first the dangers before they can understand the need for protection.
            Hence, the comic-style dramatisation of radioactive isotopes.
            I think the more nuke plants are shut down, the less the odds of another disaster increasing our risks the way Fuku is.
            In a sense I agree, in that battles have been lost. The radioactivity is out there. I don't feel it's a reason to surrender tho', and I sure don't put my hopes on any "leaders" of the elected variety.
            The mainstream awareness of Nuke's dangers (and all the appropriate pressure for follow-up responses) is nowhere near Vietnam War levels.
            Maybe it never will be, but we can see awareness growing.

    • babbo dorian babbo dorian

      Could you explain your idea a little bit more or-well?
      I am en artist…

      • or-well

        @babbo dorian,
        Hi babbo. Actually, what's in my first post above time-stamped 11:08pm is the whole idea. That's it.
        I'm no artist. I like to say I can't draw stick people(!) so I didn't think about it much.

        I imagined a basic "cast" of characters, probably the radioisotopes we always here about…or the ones most familiar to people…you know, cesium, iodine, strontium, cobalt, plutonium, polonium etc, the nuclear-age ones old people grew up hearing about or ones that make the news these days.
        Sort of the opposite of one those "hero leagues" you find in the publications of major comic book publishers.
        These "villains" would do bad things to people, the way real radioisotopes do.
        It might be a single graphic novel, or a shorter comics, in a series.
        I don't know how they'd look, apart from scary.
        They might live in nuke plants, or nuke waste dumps.
        The idea just jumped in my head when I saw the first post.
        It might take a very "alternative" publisher to produce.
        Maybe it would be easier to do in Europe.
        I like the idea of them conspiring with human characters from the nuke industry.
        Let your imagine soar!
        I wish I had more to give you.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    1 "relatively less harmfull tritium" ???????
    2 "early days of decomission"????????
    3 "which could be moving towards ocean"??????
    Wow no mention of coriums which I feel are probably pumping strotium quite nicely now and definitely into the ocean.
    They act as if only the past leaking tanks are the only threat.

  • We Not They Finally

    Bone cancer and (maybe especially) leukemia will be the upshot of this. The Japanese will undoubtedly try to suppress the statistics, but at least maybe the funeral homes will keep records of how many buried and their ages.

    • J.

      An important corollary: Japanese cremate human remains, which are kept in family graves and are readily, easily accessible for forensic analysis.

      • J.

        Just to clarify: the family graves are monuments with a space for the cremains which is readily accessible. What I mean is that there would be no elaborate disinterment, as with a Western-style burial in a coffin. And ashes are typically not scattered. The evidence will be easy to gather.

  • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

    "strontium has been slowly moving deeper into ground water, which could be moving toward the ocean"

    Lol Could be hahahaha

  • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

    I bet you it is 😛

  • atomicistheword

    "The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one."

    "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."

    Albert Einstein

    • Radio Radio

      One for quote files, atomicistheword.

      • atomicistheword

        I have a message of prophecy as well, Radio.

        "General Electric Hitachi your not meek enough, take bowing lessons!

        The days of you buying your way out of crime are over. Your God is made of paper, like a kite it will fly away."

        This message from my GOD; YHWH. (YAHUAH ALMIGHTY)

        PS Lenters should be in the colour red.

        How about this for a new slogan…. instead of…

        General Electric "We bring good things to life."


        General Electric "We bring you the great tribulation."

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      The one time Albert Einstein was wrong. It did create a new problem.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Judge hearing this class action suit will have to bone up on his nuclear science, but I can already hear his response to GE's defense counsel motion to dismiss: 'I came, I saw, I concurred'…



    AP reports: About 1,400 people filed a joint lawsuit Thursday against the three companies that manufactured reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

    The 1,415 plaintiffs, including 38 Fukushima residents and 357 people from outside Japan, said the manufacturers — Toshiba, GE and Hitachi — failed to make needed safety improvements to the four decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of 100 yen ($1) each, saying their main goal is to raise awareness of the problem.

    READ MORE – http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/01/1400-sue-general-electric-toshiba-hitachi-fukushima-disaster.html



    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Bad idea. Say the defendants just pony up 1500 bucks. The public will just read that $1500 settled the case, and think it was not much of a problem.

      Maybe it's a lawyer's plan establish a baseline compensation level. " Oh, your mom died? Here's a buck. Bye.

  • We Not They Finally

    Interesting that the article above does not cite strontium-90 MEASUREMENTS. RT News printed an article 1/18/14,specifically citing the strontium-90 level beneath reactor 2 as "2.7 million becquerels per liter," also saying that the legal limit is just 30 becquerels per liter!

    In other words, the strontium-90 they are admitting to, and beneath reactor 2 only[!], is already 90,000 times the "legal limit"1 — which limit is probably too generous to begin with, and (as has been the case thus far) the amount they say they measured is generally an UNDER-estimate.

    And that was just the reading from beneath reactor 2, which itself has been steadily escalating, the article says. Nor is it like a stagnant pool of water — it's pouring through, picking up humongous amounts of radiation as it goes.

    Liquid death, folks. Liquid death.

  • UncleCrusty

    Good thing it's only "potentially lethal". I might be worried if it were actually lethal.

  • Sol Man

    Fraud and death schemes abound; well, at least some people have made a ton of money in the process and they certainly won't be touched by any of this.

    Thanks for the representation, congress!
    the invisible People

  • rogerthat

    yup, three years on and we get meaningless detail number 421b. forget the real story, ignore what's happened, get your teeth into this insignificant item. anyhow, progress of a sort. maybe around 2040 or so they'll get around to talking about the other few thousand killers on the loose, starting with plutonium.

  • Nick

    "Sr-90 has multiple pathogenic effects in the bodyreductions in white blood cell count that adversely affect the ability to resist
    Along with other radioactive strontium isotopes, it is a genotoxic carcinogen. Experiments on animals exposed to radioactive strontium (57, 58) have identified elevated levels of a variety of
    cancers, including sarcomas, soft tissue cancers, respiratory cancers, leukemia, oral/nasal/periodontal cancers, lymphoma, basal/squamous cell cancers, pituitary adenoma, and tubular adenoma of the ovary. When consumed orally or inhaled, the most serious immediate consequences of Sr-90 exposure are hematological:infectious disease. Along with cancer and immune suppression, radioactive strontium has been shown to adversely affect the musculoskeletal, respiratory,
    cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, ocular, and neurological systems, and to causechromosomal defects and other reproductive disorders (59). Thus, studying the health effects of nuclear weapons test fallout by measuring Sr-90 concentrations in deciduous teeth can be useful for studying diseases other than cancer."

  • Nick

    “We’ll have to see if the technology works in a salt water environment,”

    The Wall Street Journal seems to think Fukushima is under control, that TEPCO is working on a solution, etc, etc.

    The tanks, the ice-wall, the Advanced Liquid Purification System, all are useless endeavors and only serve to obfuscate the reality of the situation.

    No one will admit that Fukushima is beyond repair and that the amounts of radiation released TO DATE are already enough to wreak havoc for centuries to come.

    Don't expect the truth anytime soon.

  • isogoodhumans

    BC Canada has strontium 90 in its milk

    but after chernobyl they tested deceased kids bones and found 85% of the strontium in bones came from dairy, so just cut dairy.

  • Nick


    This is a simple wish from a simple man:

    What if 2/1/14 becomes noted in history as the day the world woke up to Fukushima, launching humanity on a nuclear free future?

    2/1/68 is a date that one could say dissolved the impetus for the Vietnam War (famous photo of execution).


  • Jack Jack

    Hey Obama, should we keep hoping? Or is Fukushima to big an issue for you to address. How about enforcing international law. Your pal, Jack.

  • cooterboy

    Jack, it might be to late for any international law.

    The new world order raises it's head in the partnership of America with Asia. It's the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Upfront it is straight forward but on the back page is the Liability Clause. These usually indemnify the parties of prior trade issues and policies.

    These would include GE as an international corp. and vital to the economic and strategic interests of the US. If signed GE would be off the hook for any damages from the products they produced and traded and any future trade practices. Obama will be backed into a corner because General Electric is To Big to Fail.

    The good news is that GE will be the main contractor to clean up Fukushima. They had a crack at Hanford and were literally kick out for incompetence and cost over runs (profit on top of profit, paid for by the tax payers of America. Bectel says they will have Hanford cleaned up by 2047 and then promptly laid off 2,400 workers.

    The death of the Pacific Ocean is a crime against humanity.

    Nuclear energy is a false science because the premiss's are not valid. It was money that motivated greedy people to go forward and mislead the world into believing that splitting the atom was OK. Well it's not and we all know it. Now all of humanity will suffer because of greed, an unfounded science and stupidity.


  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I know I must have strontium in my body…
    everytime I look in a mirror,
    I sorta look like a tomato
    with a nose of all silly things…
    I can tell it effects the mind.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Strontium the radioisotope of the day?
    What about the effects of Iodine-129?

    Iodine-129 in Seawater Offshore Fukushima: Distribution, Inorganic Speciation, Sources, and Budget

    " Iodide was found as the dominant species of 129I, while stable 127I was mainly in iodate form, reflecting the fact that the major source of 129I is the direct liquid discharges from the Fukushima NPP."


  • FXofTruth

    How can something be "potentially lethal" if it has proven ALWAYS lethal? Writers should quit using the flowery descriptions of guaranteed death and keep it simple and tell it like it is.