Japan Tsunami Riskvia RT.com / July 6, 2014 / Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels.

Engineers have discovered that 1,300 liters of water leaked from a cooling system intended to stabilize the temperature of the spent fuel at the Reactor Unit 5, which was offline but loaded with fuel rods when the plant was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The source of the leak was a 3 mm-diameter hole near a flow valve, a statement published by the Japanese energy giant on Sunday asserts. However it is unclear from company data if the location of the opening has been discovered, or whether it was calculated with flow measurements.

At the time when the cooling system was switched off at around 12pm on Sunday, the temperature in the pool in which the rods are submerged was 23C but started increasing by 0.193 degrees per hour, TEPCO says.

If no new cold water is pumped in at such rate it will reach the dangerous threshold of 65C by the midpoint of the month in roughly 9 days.

Such temperatures, which have not been routinely seen at the plant since the failing of the cooling system in the immediate aftermath, would increase the possibility of dangerous reactions and further radiation leaks in the plant.

TEPCO however says that currently, there have been no abnormal readings anywhere in the plant.

Since TEPCO is using seawater for many of its cooling needs at the power plant, it has previously encountered heightened levels of corrosion, in sensitive equipment. The cooling system at various reactors has also been beset by calamities – from rats short circuiting the control panel and forcing a blackout, to an employee “accidentally” switching it off, though all were resolved before rod pools overheated.

At the same time, TEPCO is struggling to deal with ever-increasing volumes of contaminated water which is being stored in hundreds of tanks at the facility and frequently leaking and contaminating the soil beneath it. And the much publicized plan to stop contaminated water from leaking into the sea by building an ‘ice-wall’ and freezing soil and water around the facility is not working as well as Japanese officials had hoped.

SOURCE: Russia Today

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  1. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE PEOPLE inJAPAN. NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A TIME WHEN THE GREAT SCIENTIFIC MINDS OF THIS PLANET HAVE BEEN CALLED FOR THEIR BEST AWARENESS , regarding this most serious situation in FUKUSHIMA…..I WONDER… WHAT COULD THE ALIEN PERSONS AT SITE 51 ROSWELL CONTRIBUTE TO THIS DILEMNA……..I SUGGEST LET THEM HAVE A GO? IF THEY EXIST,INTERGALACTIC EXPERTIZE MIGHT JUST BE THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERPLANETARY MUTUAL RESPECT TO BE DEMONSTRATED, PRESUMING THEY HAVE COMPASSION FOR EARTHLINGS………PAUL W.

    • Far Out… How about the “BIG BRAINS” here who “designed and made NPPs” be held responsible? How about “we” take responsibility for allowing this to happen? How about “we” make their sorry arses accountable…..

      Aliens are NOT going to come here and “save” us…. the “Aliens” are already here and NPPs are their goal. Score 1 for the NPP Aliens. Score Extinction for the Earth.

      • What a drama queen you are, SCOTTIEGIRL (aka Chicken Little).

        • LOL… “Busted”!
          About time that you reveal yourself for the shitty, apologist you are.
          It’s no good picking on me… I’m not alone thinking, KNOWING, that the “situation” at Fukushima is NOT “under control”…. far from it…. and well you know this too.

          You can call me a “Drama Queen” but it will not and does not have anything to do with the FACTS.

  2. I am astounded that this potentially extinction level event, has not captured the attention of our world governments. Instead of applying all of our knowledge and willpower to manage this disaster, the political will appears to be in further devastation of the middle east, and provoking the ire of Russia through destabilizing Ukraine. This is insanity, pure and simple. This is what happens when we allow bankers to rule our planet.

    • You are so right. Banksters with Nuclear Weapons…. WTF 🙁

      “KHIOND” commented (below) … “I don’t agree” with my comment that “we” have responsibility… I can only say that I’m not in least bit offended because (in my opinion, and I hope to explain….), it is “we”, it is “us” that have put our faith in our Governments expecting a proper and true “social contract”… and it is “we/us” who have allowed ourselves to be lied to, to be compromised…. NPPs for “clean energy”… What a load of bullshit…. BUT “we” let it happen….

  3. Scottiegirl, you said we should take responsibility for allowing this to happen. I think you are wrong.

  4. Cooling resumes at unit 5

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140708_37.html

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says it has restarted the cooling system for a pool that contains spent fuel. The system had been suspended for 2 days due to a mechanical problem.

    Engineers of Tokyo Electric Power Company on Sunday found water leaking from a pipeline for the system that cools spent fuel rods at the No.5 reactor building.

    The engineers shut down the system. They found a small hole in a valve that adjusts the flow of water.

    The RT piece is their usual overdramatic misinterpretation. The temperature might have reached 65C in two weeks or so but that isn’t a dangerous temperature – it’s just the level for formal notification of the regulator.

    The leak, incidentally, was in the secondary loop – the water that cools the actual pool water. This secondary loop is sea water but never comes into contact with fuel.

    • Not to mention that 1300 liters of water is a volume measuring only 1.3m^3…so basically, no water.

      • If you vehicle suddenly leaked a liter of fluid out of the cooling system, wouldn’t it cause you alarm? Any leak is a bad leak, especially when it’s especially radioactive.

    • Joffan, person of wisdom….. If there is no alarm…. Then why do you follow this catastrophic event? Chynoble was one reactor and rated world worst? Fukushima have no idea of the location of THREE reactor cores…… Digging a nice hole toward the water table no doubt, number four is untouchable and in a serious state, now number 5 of 6 has issues….. This is all very real! Not to mention the tens of thousands of spent fuel rods scattered around the site. The whole issue both scares me and disgusts me…….. That doesn’t even touch on the damage already caused, the nuclear waste already polluted OUR ocean and air. This will have major serious ramifications for generations to come….. And that’s looking on the bright side!

  5. the people at the HAGUE are duty bound to arrest the executors of the harp facility in scandinavia and russia who are known to have directed the HARP FORCE ENERGY which triggered the volcanic action which in turn caused the damage at DAICHI plant,,,,,, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY is the charge that the OWNER controller is to be held responsible.for, someone out there knows already who that individual is……….

    • True sentiments… but “Scandinavia & Russia”?…. No. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find the TRUE culprits.

  6. I thank you and stand corrected,,,,AS usual I am not precise with my contribution so maybe someone will find the answer for us,,,Example……….IF all events like the DAICHI disaster are totally orchestrated,,,then Who Profits From This…unless of course there is the motive of planetary population reduction then it becomes understandable but then,,,who pays the debts of that Nation,,,,YOUR obviously able to enlighten us more? MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION ESPECIALLY THE FUTURE GENERATION…….

  7. LOOKING through the refridgerated fish ,or SQUID products in our local IGA SUPERMARKET I NOTICE PRODUCE FROM JAPAN>>>>> I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT FISH PRODUCE WAS HIGHLY SUSPECT FROM THIS COUNTRY,,,,,,,,LETS HOPE THE SQUID are all EQUIPPED WITH RADIOACTIVE …. DETECTORS,,,, HELEN CALDICOTT WHO IS A PLANETARY WATCH PERSON ON THIS SUBJECT <HAS ALREADY WARNED THE WQRLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>IF THEY ARE IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA<<…..IMPORTERS HAVE NO CONSCIENCE, NO INTEGRITY>…..paul w.

  8. THE PERSON WHO DELETES SENTENCES OF SPECIFIC INFO which are supposed to be INCLUDED in the COMMENTS section is not showing INTEGRITY,,,,,, for example,,IN THE ABOVE COMMENT THEY HAVE DELETED( after the word WORLD) DONT EAT FISH PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN…….ALSO<< AFTER THE WORD AUSTRALIA…INCLUDE THEY ARE ALL OVER THE WESTERN WORLD….importers and editors ALL LACK INTEGRITY…..paul w.

    • On this as on the actual radiation topic, your paranoia is misplaced. You’d do well to cut back on the angle brackets/chevrons/greater & less than signs if you want all your words to come through onto the final version. > and < are HTML command delimiters and a non-existent HTML command may be removed by the comment publishing process.

      Your words are no loss to me but I would want you to be able to have them appear as you intended.

  9. THE NEW PLANETARY PSYCHE DISORDER, will be known as POST TRAUMATIC INTEGRITY
    LOSS DISORDER…….Obviously its RAGING Everywhere P. T. I.L.D,,,,, TEPCO DIRECTORS,,,,MALAYSIAN AIRLINES<<HARP CONTROLLERS, THE LIST IS GROWING…..paul.w.

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