1000 tons of polluted Fukushima rain water dumped into the sea

September 17, 2013 JAPAN - The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility. Typhoon Man-yi smashed into Japan on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain that caused flooding in some parts of the country, including the ancient city of Kyoto. The rain also lashed near the broken plant run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), swamping enclosure walls around clusters of water tanks containing toxic water that was used to cool broken reactors. Some of the tanks were earlier found to be leaking contaminated water. “Workers measured the radioactive levels of the water collected in the enclosure walls, pumping it back into tanks when the levels were high,” said a TEPCO official. “Once finding it was mostly rain water they released it from the enclosure, because there is a limit on how much water we can store.” The utility said about 1,130 tons of water with low levels of radiation — below the 30 becquerels of strontium per liter safety limit imposed by Japanese authorities — were released into the ground. But the company also said at one site where water was found contaminated beyond the safety limit workers could not start the water pump quick enough in the torrential rain, and toxic water had leaked from the enclosure for several minutes. Strontium is a potentially cancer-causing substance that accumulates in bones if consumed. Thousands of tons of water that was poured on the reactors to tame meltdowns is being stored in temporary tanks at the plant, and TEPCO has so far revealed no clear plan for it. The problem has been worsened by leaks in some of those tanks that are believed to have seeped into groundwater and run out to sea. Separately, around 300 tons of mildly contaminated groundwater is entering the ocean every day having passed under the reactors, TEPCO says. -SBS
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13 Responses to 1000 tons of polluted Fukushima rain water dumped into the sea

  1. nanoduck says:

    This event reminds me of Wormwood in Revelations that fell on waters and made them bitter. By the way, seafood is off my menu permanently.

  2. Dennis E. says:

    It will not safe to eat seafood caught in the Pacific Ocean.
    Will effect The West Coast naturally.
    Eventually will not be safe to wade/swim in the water.

  3. Thoughtwrite says:

    Tepco and the Japanese government need to dismantle the whole site, move it to an area that is not susceptible to natural disaster and completely bury everything in leaded concrete. Not concrete panels like the Russians did at Chernobyl but completely encased in liquid and leaded concrete creating an nuclear landfill. Why they haven’t done this already is beyond me. Their efforts thus far are just creating a catastrophe for the entire world by not being able to handle the situation…. and for what? The sake of their national pride? Pathetic!!

  4. niebo says:

    Dear TEPCO:

    In a recent news article from Australia, the author mentions leaking tanks at two different times; context suggests that both observations concern the same tanks, which is redundant, I know, but please consider that the redundancy was intended in order to underscore the problem. The problem, of course, is that these leaks have been ongoing for (let’s use the sytem with which you are familiar, the “low-end guesstimate”) at least a month now.

    So, let’s see: 300 tons of radioactive water for 30 days is 300 x 30 = 9000 tons; 9000 tons = (9000 x 2000 =) 18,000,000 pounds (American) or (9000 x 2200 =) 19,800,000 pounds (9,000,000 kilograms), metric, which equates to (18,000,000 / 8 =) 2,250,000 gallons or (9,000,000 / 1; [kg=l]=) 9,000,000 liters per month. So . . . is that a lot? I guess that depends on how RADIOACTIVE it is, but since it turns out that for two YEARS (365 days x 2, American; 360 days x 2, metric) you were taking measurements with EASY BAKE OVEN geiger counters, all figures, numbers, and quantified calculations are pure speculation. HOWEVER, and at the risk of sounding like some stoopid, tree-hugging “Save the Whales” American AND because it is obvious that you have NO IDEA ABOUT ANYTHING radioactionary . . .have you even considered a plan to REPLACE those tanks with ones that actually HOLD water?

  5. MarkJS says:

    article starts with: “The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant”

    What? Operating something implies that the thing being operated is functional and is under control of the operator. This is Not the case with Fukushima. Is this some subtle type of propaganda by the MSM, to make it sound like things are under control?

    The operator… lol…

    Maybe they should be referred to as: “The company that let a potential nuclear situation get out of control, which escalated due to short-sightedness and is now poisoning our oceans each and every day”

  6. landoflost says:

    Said Jewel FM radio that a large space meteorite has just landed in the south of Tunisia specifically in a desert area depopulated in Remada COR of the mandate of Tataouine and had heard a huge 3 loud explosions in the area.

    This moved on the spot and units of the National Guard and the military to investigate and preview the meteor as confirmed by Maral Jewel FM.”

  7. tonic says:

    It’s difficult to comment on this. 1000 tons of death chucked into the Pacific, what can really be said?
    Marine life is screwed locally.
    The streams will carry this poison around the globe?
    How do you comment on such devastation to ocean life?

  8. onthemark55 says:

    How long before Godzilla shows up?

  9. James says:

    Alvin, I hope you are OK…haven’t seen any comments updated for 2 days now and I know you screen them. God Bless.

  10. Why aren’t Americas and for that matter the people of the world put our resources, money, labor into stopping this world calamity? It is so obvious that the Japanese have failed. Possibly willfully. Anyone who has lived in Japan as long as I have knows how suicidal they are. The very act of building nuclear power plants throughout a country prone to earthquakes on a regular bases is suicidal.
    I recall my daughter Ginger coming home from class one day. She was very distraught. “What’s the matter,” I inquired.
    “My friends are all talking about how beautiful suicide is.”
    “How do you feel, Ginger? Do you agree?
    “”No way,” he said. It’s weird.”
    Ginger’s classmates were speaking of a copy cat suicide. A rock star had leaped from a building to her death leaving a not to her parents saying how sorry she was to cause them such distress. Over a hundred youth copied her leap all leaving the self same message to their parents.
    Those who served in World War II remember the Banzai attacks and Hari Kari and suppukku.
    If we hope to survive as the human race, we must forget about our petty differences and united in a massive effort to contain this deadly radiation that pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

  11. Angelsong says:

    Alvin,

    Praying for you and please take care of yourself and catch your breath as you need! Your faithful followers and friends are here to lift you up. It is hard to take it all in and sometimes

    these reports, even when you intellectually already know the outcome, are hard to fathom. Remember when times get rough, that God put each of us here at this moment in history for a specific purpose and He is walking hand in hand with us as we go forth. You are reaching so many people through this, your ministry, and may He continue to bless you daily!

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