Several new leaks have made the news from the stricken nuclear complex at Fukushima Daiichi,
which was wrecked 4 years ago by the earthquake/tsunami of
March 2011. A leak from the roof of Building 2 was known for a year by TEPCO,
and not reported. The highly contaminated water
is flowing directly into the Pacific, and fish are showing high levels of radioactivity.
International outrage is growing, and local fishermen are shocked.
In a separate incident, the level of strontium 90 in one of the trenches which drains into the ocean
showed a jump of 70x the usual level for that location. This problem may have been caused
by a series of strong earthquakes in the region, which may have
shifted the flow of groundwater.
Other articles below give expert opinions on how bleak the situation is.
Yet the government wants to release thousands of tons of radioactive water currently stored
at the site into the Pacific!
And the governor of Tokyo wants to divert funds from the disaster repair to the 2020 Olympics!
And Prime Minister Abe is still pushing to restart reactors,
even though there is no good plan to dispose of nuclear waste!
Meanwhile, dead birds and sea mammals continue to pile up at an alarming rate on the US West Coast!
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The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found a pool of highly contaminated water on the roof of a plant building and that it had probably leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained. The finding comes four years after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc’s Fukushima reactors, and 1-1/2 years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured the International Olympic Committee that radiation leaks at the plant were “under control”.
Nuclear waste on roof of Fukushima reactor flowing directly in ocean — Officials kept secret for past year & did nothing to stop it — Coming from highly radioactive debris on top of Unit 2; Gundersen: Reactor pressures got so high “it blew top off” — Amount of leakage ‘unknown’ — “Fallout far from over” International fury rising”
Japan Times, Feb 25, 2015 (emphasis added): Radioactive isotopes [have] beendraining into the
Pacific“ from the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, which is highly contaminated“.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Tepco reported water contaminated withhigh levels of radiation
was flowing into the ocean at the plant’s port. Kyodo News, Feb 25, 2015:Highly toxic water leaks into ocean from Fukushima plant —
Highly radioactive rainwater [is] accumulating on the rooftop of the No. 2 reactor building”
In a separate incident” highly contaminated water leaked into the nearby bay
through a different gutter” The cause and the amount of water leakage remainunknown. [Tepco] decided against making the findings public until now
as it did not have results of the analysis on the accumulated liquid’s radioactivity levels.
Newsweek, Feb 25, 2015: The fallout from the Fukushima disaster is far from over”
Local commercial fishermen are reportedly outraged” “I don’t understand why [Tepco] kept silent”
Fishery operators are absolutely shocked,” [said] Masakazu Yabuki,
chief of the Iwaki fisheries cooperative”
[The] plant has been plagued by a staggering number of accidents.
NHK, Feb. 24, 2015: [TEPCO] did not take any measures to prevent radioactive water”
flowing into the Pacific”
TEPCO was aware” April last year [yet] has not installed floodgates [and]
does not plan to install any devices in the channel.
Japan’s top government spokesperson reiterated the government’s long-standing mantra”
“The situation is completely under control”
Any negative impact of radioactive water on the environment is completely blocked.”http://nuclear-news.net/2015/02/25/record-concentration-of-radioactive-cesium-
A record quantity of radioactive cesium — 7,400 times the country’s limit deemed safe
for human consumption — has been detected in a greenling fish in the waters
near the crippled Fukushima plant, two years after the nuclear disaster.
TEPCO has also discovered a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of
radioactive cesium in the fish, Kyodo News reported.
-tepco-publishing-reports-fukushima-plant-status/ On 2/17/2015, multiple major quakes hit North East Japan. The first one occurred at 8:06 JST,
magnitude was 6.9. Epicenter was Sanriku offshore , depth was 10km. Japan meteorological agency announced http://nuclear-news.net/2015/02/22/strong-quakes-successively-hit-north-east-japan-
nuclide-leaked-from-drain-to-the-sea-contamination-lev/ On 2/22/2015, Tepco announced the radiation level suddenly jumped up in the plant area drain
to let it flow to the sea. According to Tepco, 2 radiation monitors detected the rapid increase of all Ã nuclide density
(to include Strontium-90) around 10:00AM. The indicated radiation level was 5,050,000 Ã£ 5,630,000 Bq/m3. It made Tepco check the potential leakage of the contaminated water tanks upstream
and contaminated water transferring system, but they did not shut down the drain outlet for nearly 3 hours for some reason. Extremely high level of all Ã nuclide was detected from seawater near the outlet,
which was 3,000,000 Bq/m3. The contaminated water flowed to the sea. The highest density detected by the monitor was 7,230,000 Bq/m3,
which was 10 to 100 times much as usual. After all, Tepco found no leakage from contaminated water related facility upstream.
There is a possibility that highly contaminated groundwater moved and flowed to the drain. Currently they are collecting the water from drain by vacuum truck.
fukushima-radioactive-leak-continues-in-ocean The Fukushima power plant in Japan is pouring growing amounts of radioactive water
into the ocean, warned international nuclear authorities. “The situation … remains very complex, with the increasing amount of contaminated water
posing a short-term challenge that must be resolved in a sustainable manner,” stated the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its report Tuesday. Strong quakes successively hit North East Japan / Tepco publishing no reports on Fukushima plant…
melted-fukushima-reactor-oozing-weve-talking-about-criticalities-going-causing-continued-heat-long-time-audio-video Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer, Feb 19, 2015 (at 30:15 in)
- The buildings are really in a state of disrepair at Fukushima. There’s been some new video released
- of what could be the molten.. some of the corium that has leeched out. We talked a long time ago
- that some of it is not solid and still oozing in that respect. And this video showed something,
- that if it werent just metal melted, but it sure looked like if it was corium,
- then it would be oozing. Which would lend credibility to our lava lamp effect
- that we’ve been talking about for a long time now, thus little criticalities going on
- and causing continued heat Certainly there were some pretty interesting images of it.
- You can see how frustrating the attempts are to contain the mess into some area, let alone treat it.
- The fuel was never designed to leave the cladding, that was the first line of defense.
- Once that gets broken and then the containment gets broken, or even before that
- the reactor gets broken, the genie is long out of the bottle.
Fukushima catastrophe changed the world; Worst nuclear accident in history, like two Chernobyls;
Poisoned entire landscapes for centuries ” Study: Fukushima overwhelms the peak radioactivity
from nuclear bomb testing in ice core samples; Affected the global environment
Matthew Carney, ABC North Asia correspondent: Sorting out Reactor No. 4 will be the easy part.
Fixing Reactors No. 1, 2, and 3 will be much more difficult. Theyre full of molten nuclear fuel.
Humans cant enter, it would result in instant death. And robots have yet to be invented
that can withstand the massive radiation levels near the melted cores.
TEPCO admits it doesnt know the exact location and extent of the meltdowns.
They claim it will take 40 years to fix, but others say centuries.
Kenichiro Matsui, TEPCO public affairs department (voiceover translation):
We dont know the exact situation in detail. Fuel has been melted down,
but nobody has seen it. We need to develop technology with help from around the world
to know the real situation. .
However, the nearly 160 million gallons of contaminated water stored on-site
pose massive logistical challenges, and examiners strongly urged Japan to consider
controlled discharges of the liquid into the Pacific Ocean once it is treated.
About half of the water stored on-site has been treated to remove most radioactive contaminants,
the IAEA team noted, though current technology does not allow for the easy removal of tritium,
an isotope of hydrogen.
Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe wants to use disaster recovery funds for Olympic events in
Tohoku Mainichi, 18 Feb 15 Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe says he will ask the central government
to use part of the Tohoku tsunami disaster reconstruction budget to cover the costs
of staging some events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics
in areas that were severely affected by the 2011 disaster……..
Even as the Abe administration pushes for reactivating idled nuclear power reactors
after they have cleared the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety screening,
an open question remains: How will Japan dispose of highly radioactive waste
produced by the nuclear reactors. Due to the lack of an established scheme
for final disposal of the waste that would be generated after spent fuel is reprocessed,
Japan’s nuclear power generation has long been likened to a condominium without a toilet
San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 2, 2015: Mass pigeon deaths alarm biologists —
An alarming increase in the number of dead and dying band-tailed pigeons along the California coast”
apparent victims of a parasite” The sudden increase in mortality is disturbing,
[Krysta Rogers, Calif. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife] said” “[It] is very concerning” Right now, it’s really hard to estimate mortality because” if there are deaths in remote locations, we’re not getting reports.”” [The parasite] lives in the mouth and throat of infected birds, causing lesions in the mouth or esophagus that eventually block the passage of food. Infected birds die from starvation or suffocation.
Fox News, Feb 23, 2015: A heartbreaking and troubling mystery for the third year in a row” Johnson: “They’re so thin, they’re like 15-16 pounds” they should be 30-40″” Scientists say this year is the worst in history — 10 times the normal number of strandings” Johnson: “It’s obvious that the ocean is changing, and the sea lions are sentinels of the seas. They’re telling us that there are major changes going on out there in the oceans today.”
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