Cesium levels in water under Fukushima No. 1 plant soar the deeper it gets, Tepco reveals

JIJI, Kyodo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday it has detected high levels of radioactive cesium in water taken from deep under its disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Tepco found that water in a hole dug for a cable pipe contained up to 950 million becquerels of cesium per liter.

The pipe is located near another at the turbine building of reactor 2, where water has been found to contain high levels of radioactive substances.

Tepco said it believes this water was among the first contaminated in the early stages of the March 2011 meltdowns.

Studying water taken from 1 meter, 7 meters and 13 meters underground at a point some 65 meters from the Pacific, Tepco found 950 million becquerels of cesium and 520 million becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium, in the water from 13 meters underground.

Water from 1 meter down contained 340 million becquerels, and a sample from 7 meters down contained 350 million becquerels.

Salt concentrations in water from 13 meters down were more than 10 times higher than water from 1 meter and 7 meters underground.

On July 26, Tepco detected 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium in water collected from a different cable trench closer to the ocean. Cesium, a metallic element, is subject to gravity.

It has already been widely reported that highly radioactive groundwater from under the plant had been flowing to the Pacific and that test wells dug near the shore showed water levels in the wells rose and fell with the tides, revelations Tepco has been criticized for being late to report.

  • hp b

    It’s not called the “China Syndrome” for no reason.

  • hp b

    Meltdowns, plural. Three simultaneous core meltdowns.

    This can’t be emphasized enough, to stimulate an international effort ASAP.

  • CaptD

    To say that TEPCO has known about this since we first blogged about it after 3/11 occurred and has done everything they can to “help” as much radioactive water to seep, run, drain, flow etc. into the Pacific Ocean (aka Sea of Japan) so they will not have to spend their money dealing with it is just repetitive! The people of Japan are now ruled by their Utility Gangs and only what is good for their bottom line is ever going to happen, despite them bowing and saying differently!

    Ask Ex-PM Kan he knows all about this debacle having lived through it and then getting removed from office because of it!

    It will take at least another Fukushima event to really change Japans Energy direction if not two, because remember TEPCO is making money even during the “cleanup” which will take decades if not much much longer!

    Radioactive water is just the tip of this nuclear iceberg!

    Water has mass and can be seen so it is the visible part of this nuclear debacle that cannot be ignored like the unseen poisonous radionuclides that are now circling the Globe!

    Want to know how bad things really are, just do the simple math on the radioactive water; compare how much is “stored” and how much is missing because it has been disposed of by design or ignorance!

    Sea contamination of 3946 days later:

    http://fukushima-diary.com/?p=13743

    and now this:

    Japan/Korea Sea contaminated as much as Tokyo bay

    http://fukushima-diary.com/?p=13902

    Some readers may not remember that the Japanese are also dumping the radioactive sludge left over from burning their radioactive debris, into Tokyo Bay so that when it later migrates out into the Pacific Ocean they cannot be “blamed” for dumping radioactive pollution (directly) into the Ocean, which is illegal…

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan

    http://www.japansubculture.com/?p=5435

    snip

    The article was originally posted here: Activist Post: The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy in Japan

    “End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes” – Bruce Springsteen, Factory (1)

    “Bring us the living dead. People no one will miss.” – Fukushima official’s request to Yakuza (2)

    “TEPCO’s involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue … Nuclear energy shouldn’t be in the hands of the yakuza. They’re gamblers and an intelligent person doesn’t want them to have atomic dice to play with.” – Japanese Senator (3)