New high-radiation spots found at quake-hit Fukushima plant

August 24, 2013JAPAN The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday new spots of high radiation had been found near storage tanks holding highly contaminated water, raising fear of fresh leaks as the disaster goes from bad to worse. The announcement comes after Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said this week contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation was leaking from a storage tank. A tsunami crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi power plant north of Tokyo on March 11, 2011, causing fuel-rod meltdowns at three reactors, radioactive contamination of air, sea and food and triggering the evacuation of 160,000 people. It was the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986 and no one seems to know how to bring the crisis to an end. In an inspection carried out following the revelation of the leakage, high radiation readings – 100 millisieverts per hour and 70 millisieverts per hour – were recorded at the bottom of two tanks in a different part of the plant, Tepco said. Although no puddles were found nearby and there were no noticeable changes in water levels in the tanks, the possibility of stored water having leaked out cannot be ruled out, a Tokyo Electric spokesman said. The confirmed leakage prompted Japan’s nuclear watchdog to say it feared the disaster was “in some respect” beyond Tepco’s ability to cope. The U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday it viewed the situation at Fukushima “seriously” and was ready to help if called upon. China said it was “shocked” to hear contaminated water was still leaking from the plant, and urged Japan to provide information “in a timely, thorough and accurate way.” – Reuters
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7 Responses to New high-radiation spots found at quake-hit Fukushima plant

  1. phil says:

    last week they were dumping radiation into the sea, and this week help is being offered “if they need it”.
    I don’t really understand that part.


  2. George says:

    The information being supplied by TEPCO is limited, guarded and changes with the winds. As some are now stating it’s possible – ‘A Portion of Fukushima’s molten fuel believed to have “moved into earth” — Melted cores coming in contact with groundwater may be cause of recent spike in radiation levels.’ from Arnie Gunderson has said that radiation levels monitored and released by TEPCO were probably conservative. I’m not sure why people and media are saying the Pacific ocean is polluted by this disaster, yes it is but all the seas are one eventually it will contaminated the entire globe.
    Three reactors have suffered a melt down and they don’t know where the material is, unlike at Chernobyl a remote camera was able to see ‘the elephants foot’ the melted core, in tunnels beneath what had been the reactor chamber.
    It is a disaster of the magnitude of the great flood and will be told to the youth with other tales of the wonderous past around the dying embers of communal village fire.


  3. Irene C says:

    Let’s see: “no one seems to know how to bring the crisis to an end” and “ready to help if called upon”. Duh!! I believe they’d better swallow their pride and call for help – Loud!!. Of course, this is just imo. They’re the experts (they believe).


  4. James says:

    Why does Reuters say “world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl”? It’s the worst nuclear accident period! Far worse then Chernobyl!


  5. mercedes says:

    I called you to fish for souls and to cast the nets, but instead you have cast the nets into the sea with dead bodies…
    I gave you a fertile land with crystalline waters and you have defiled it to the point of keeping it in a constant agony…
    You have contaminated the waters with nuclear energy, and leaders keep silent…
    You, My beloved, are poisoned with contaminated seafood and it alters human genetics, being the cause of degenerative diseases.

    Beloved children, do not base life in the economy, this false god will fall from one moment to another, and you will realize that you wasted your life in what is superfluous, while the truth is only in My Hands.


    • Pauly says:

      Jesus, I saw your phone # in the Mexico City Phone Book, but I there were so many I couldn’t try them all. Could you leave a way to contact you, I’ve a ton of questions. Why did they have to build so close to the ocean in an earthquake/sunami zone?


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