Fukushima: New Leak Causes Truly Massive Radiation Spike

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A well near a storage tank at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant rose to more than 6,500 times the expected level on Thursday.

Russia Today reported:

Officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said on Friday they detected 400,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances – including strontium – at the site, a level 6,500 times higher than readings taken on Wednesday, NHK World reported.

The storage tank leaked over 300 tons of contaminated water in August, some of which is believed to have found its way into the sea through a ditch. The well in question is about 10 meters from the tank and was dug to gauge leakage. TEPCO said the findings show that radioactive substances like strontium have reached the groundwater. High levels of tritium, which transfers much easier in water than strontium, had already been detected. Officials at TEPCO said they will remove any contaminated soil around the storage tank in an effort to monitor radioactivity levels of the water around the well.

The news comes after it has been reported a powerful typhoon which swept through Japan led to highly radioactive water near the crippled nuclear power plant being released into a nearby drainage ditch, increasing the risk of it flowing into the sea.

On Wednesday TEPCO said it had detected high levels of radiation in a ditch leading to the Pacific Ocean, and that it suspected heavy rains had lifted contaminated soil.

This is one of many leaks that TEPCO have had to address of late. The continuing situation at Fukushima shows that regardless of what the Japanese government says about having the site under control, it clearly is not.

There have been numerous leaks into groundwater that have, by TEPCO’s admission, made it into the Pacific Ocean. With the ocean already contaminated it’s time for the international community to insist that Japan accepts help in dealing with the constant issues at the site. By not doing so, they are risking radioactive damage to the food chain on an unprecedented scale.

It’s easy to think that just the Pacific will be directly affected, but the Pacific is just a named area of the one global ocean that covers 71% of our planet. One in six people on the planet rely on fish as their primary source of protein (source) and often selling fish is the only source of income they have to provide other basic foodstuffs for their families.

Fukushima has become a global disaster and therefore the Japanese need to consider that it needs a global effort to provide a solution. To hell with stiff upper lip and saving face, something needs to be done. Now.

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  • GrandpaSpeaks

    The first Pacific Salmon born and raised since the disaster are returning. You had better do your own research on Pacific seafood. There is a big cover up going on. It isn’t looking good. The fish are yellow throughout, misshapen gills, cartilage, some bug eyed. And no Sardines are being caught on the West coast by fishermen. Look for empirical evidence with the infowar is full stride. Anyone have any pre 2011 non Monsanto seeds they want to sell? Didn’t think so.

    • Locus

      Occasional jaundiced yellow salmon are not a new phenomenon http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20120809/SPORTS/708099937 and West Coast anchovies have been suffering from toxic oxygen-robbing domonic acid inducing red algae blooms. These conditions are brought about by warmer ocean temps (with a little help from human outfall, hello LA), salmon jaundice may have be fungal cause but they’re not sure.

      So far it looks like natural Earth cycles of death and rebirth. Don’t worry about the delicious little fishies, they will retyurn to be yummy and scrumptiously crunchable forever.

      The Pacific Ocean comprises one hundred fifty-eight million three-hundred forty-two thousand four hundred twenty cubic miles of water. More or less. Never mind that the 400k Bq was measured at ground surface and far fewer radioactive contaminants would make their way to the ocean… it is an error of many zeroes of magnitude to be concerned about whole ecosystems and direct radiological effects on public health.

      The reason experts are telling you not to go out and buy Geiger counters for seafood is that the type of counter necessary to measure these things is not a handheld device, it is a large gizmo in a lead box that costs upwards of ten grand.

      The purpose of the lead box is to isolate the device from natural radiation that surrounds it. Put a salmon that happened to suck on the Fukushima outfall pipe into it and behold! You will detect Cesium. If a child should toss a banana peel into the device it will scream in agony.

      We should revel in the cleverness to make such devices, but we must be responsible in our interpretation of the results. The merest traces of Cesium would definitely not delay my dinner and heck, might even improve the flavor.

      • GrandpaSpeaks

        And the starfish are turning into jelly like globs. That is some fungus. I agree an occassional yellow salmon naturally occurs but entire fisheries are simply not there. Keep crunchin on that salmon sandwich with a side of Kalifornia kelp, its organic. Don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of milk. Your research should include denial and normalcy bias. Glow on, eat that sandwich, and prepare for premiums on food from the southern hemisphere. All caused by only one plant with 4 reactors. There are hundreds more just waiting to improve the flavor of your meal. Decontamination will play a big part in our future. In your future, not so much.

      • general777

        eff you

      • RickE.

        THIS statement illustrates your deliberate bias, and deliberate policy of rejecting truth: “The merest traces of Cesium would definitely not delay my dinner and heck, might even improve the flavor” (your quote).

        WOW, why don’t you add some strontium-90 in your food for flavor as well? Perhaps some plutonium will get your juices flowing!
        Even the most staid nuclear apologist such as yourself, has to know that these substances are #1),dangerous, #2), highly toxic, #3), nothing to laugh about like you do.
        You don’t know, & I don’t know how all of this is going to play out in the LONG run. You won’t be here long enough to see it all play out.

        Japan is slowly becoming more radioactive as each day passes. More radiation is spewing into the atmosphere and ocean every minute of every day.
        And you are trying to say that it’s no worse than background radiation.
        FOr the time being it’s not critical for the rest of the world. But as more and more spew, for who knows how many centuries, much of the northern hemisphere WILL be impacted negatively! To say the least.
        You figure hell, I won’t be here, so who cares.

        What SHOULD be happening is for other countries to get together with Japan and help to stop the leakage NOW! Folks like you and I going on and on about it won’t solve a fucking thing! It will continue to exacerbate the situation!

  • Barn Cat

    More nonsense everyday about what a GLOBAL FREAKING DISASTER Fukushima has become!!! No, it’s going to destroy the ENTIRE GALAXY!!!!

  • barncrap

    Damn you just had to open your mouth and insert your foot again. Even if the contamination is only 1/10th of that being reported it would be to much. I just can’t believe you manage to keep increasing your level of ignorance and stupidity with every post you make. You are going to be a record holder before to long. I just hope you can find your way back to the manure pile when you are done here.

    • Chris Jones

      Well said,lol,lol,lol.

  • ftf

    Things will start changing for the better when people start taking responsibility for the disaster they tried to hide, which made them worse.

    I have no problem with the fact that SNAFU happens.

    What I do have a problem with, is that it affects my family, and a bunch of people in Japan and US have been lying about it.

    When those people are arrested, tried, convicted, and executed (hanging seems appropriate in this case, as there are literally millions of victims), only then will we have a solution.

    While those people are not only in jail, but still in charge, nothing good can be expected.

    Please note that I have not mentioned Agenda-21, depopulation agenda, Illuminati, or anything of the kind.
    No need.
    The evil people do exist, and whether they have eerie motives, or they are simply trying to save their asses, does not matter.
    They still have to pay for their crimes against humanity.

  • RickE.

    We can always count on the nuclear fan club to tell us how good radiation is for us! Never mind that radiation is STILL pouring into the ocean via highly contaminated water and emanating into the sky CONTINUOUSLY, nonstop every minute of every day!

    ANY body of water no matter how small or big, can only take so much before the given area is contaminated.
    No one knows how this will affect the Pacific ocean, and the atmosphere, as we are traveling in uncharted waters!

    Those that seek to minimize the dangers are dangers in themselves, and need to simply move to Fukushima and gain employment at ground zero! The pay is astronomical, and so will be the radiation exposure!

  • RickE.

    The facts remain that ANY amount radiation is bad for your cells and DNA. It causes mutations. It causes cancer as well, and this has been WELL DOCUMENTED.
    Who can really know exactly, how this will end. Most likely radioactive particle of various types will be emanating from Fukushima for DECADES more.

    But don’t worry, the world is big, and so is the ocean! (a rather simplistic and ignorant view to say the least, from simple minds).

    • GrandpaSpeaks

      Rick E, the truth is that the increase in cancer rates will bankrupt all countries national health care systems. Bad timing for Obamacare. Stillborn, so to speak. Radiation tends to do that.

    • Locus

      I’m sure you burdened the doctor with this zero tolerance Linear No Threshold view the last time you were told to get an X-ray or CAT scan.

      If radiation was an only — even a primary — cause for cancer I’d jump on board with you in an instant. For example, the Hopi Indians should be riddled with cancer, living on their uranium pile for generations now. They’re not. They still have an agrarian lifestyle, it’s in their soil, in the food they eat. They have exposure to mine tailings and heavy metals (of which uranium is one, it has toxic properties unrelated to its radiation). Yet overall they have less cancer than the surrounding population.

      Coconino+Navajo Counties in the state of Arizona for 2008 cancer rate, 139 in 100,000. US National average 176. Three of the most radioactive states, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are among the five LOWEST rates of cancer, of all states. What does that tell you about the strength of the cancer-radiation correlation?

      I’m not talking about those poor Navajos who mined uranium surrounded by radon gas and ore particles while chain smoking cigarettes during the Cold War, what a bad combination that was. These are stats of today’s population. Why is there no cancer spike in these areas? Because of their simple lifestyle, the foods they eat, radioactive or not.

      In fact the cancer map pretty well correlates to the obesity map. Bad news for the Eastern South.

      So I’m prepared to say that a MASSIVE dose of radiation has been shown to TRIGGER cancer (and ‘cure’ it), along with many more documented genetic, chemical and nutritional issues… but the effect of miniscule doses of radiation CANNOT be directly correlated to cancer risk.

      But that places radiation in the same category as fire, a deadly thing we would never dream of fearing the way too many people ‘fear’ nuclear energy.

      The world IS big and so is the ocean, that’s the truth. Nuclear energy is dangerous, that’s a fact. Fukushima is a godawful mess.

      But there are some real risks and threats associated with nuclear energy facing us that are not discussed.

      Such as the direct threat of NOT pursuing safer alternatives like LFTR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG1YjDdI_c8 (EVERYONE should see this regardless of their present position on nuclear energy).

      Right now 30% of my electricity comes from coal, and almost 30% from nuclear, despite the climate of fear. I am being wooed by the US petro industry to believe that natural gas (with fracking) can turn this into an energy paradise for 300 years. Then I read further to find that at elevated rates of production the easily reachable stuff will start to decline in 20-50 years. Solar and wind are CRAP-SOLUTIONS, pushed by people I am increasingly angry with, because they hope YOU will not do the math. Money wasted that could have been spent on research into safer forms of nuclear fission, the ONLY true ‘green’ savior that is on the table.

      The cost of energy is on the rise and unless the big problems are truly addressed, there will be more wars for oil. And permanent grid-down by our own stupidity, not from natural disaster or attack.

      • general777

        Sheesh, now even the paid trolls come here…..wow

        • Locus

          That’s the cheapest thing you could possibly say in terms of mental effort. Not the zinger it once was. Over-used.

      • RickE.

        Once again Locus, a well-written, though verbose commentary on the radioactive issues. And you’re not quite correct in all of your assertions!
        But simply stated, NUCLEAR ENERGY IS NOT SAFE. PERIOD.
        The exception would be cold fusion-Thorium.

        EVERY single nuclear power plant has an expiration date, as anything made of concrete does. FACT!
        Many of our reactors are aging as we speak, literally of course. They ALL leak, and the older they get, the more they leak.

        Furthermore, they are great targets for terrorists, and some day some enterprising ass wipe terrorist will get the idea of damaging one critically.

        I manufacture my own power via solar, and it works fantastically. Sure, I spent $25,000 on the system, but it’s more than adequate for normal powering of my house! And yes, I live in a climate well-suited for solar.

        I live right in the area of the “down winders”, the folks that were directly exposed to the fallout from the testing in Nevada. You do NOT know what you’re talking about in this respect!

        There ARE many documented cases of folks dying from the radioactive fallout from the last century.
        To not see the stats is a deliberate case of don’t confuse me with facts because I will not listen!
        The government HAS admitted culpability, and have offered $50,000 in compensation to folks, (including Indians), if they died within certain dated parameters! LOOK IT UP and you will see.

        I live within those areas that are covered by this, and I know of what I speak, since it’s commonly discussed in northern Arizona.

        You can tout nuclear energy and being exposed to radioactive cesium, plutonium, strontium, etc., being good for you, and improving the taste of milk, etc. all you want, and you are STILL deliberately remaining oblivious to the truth!

        • RickE.

          Actually it’s difficult to pay out to the dead folks, their families is of what I speak, and the sick ones.