aerial-storage-tanksvia RT / October 20, 2013 /

Water has overflowed at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is attempting to discern the quality of the water and possible radioactive substances which could have been spilled.

TEPCO announced on Monday that the water overflowed in 12 areas of the plant.

Heavy rains caused water to flow over the barriers of an artificial embankment which surrounds a dozen tanks of radioactive water at the plant. TEPCO reported that liquid containing a source of beta radiation was found beyond the levees.

The company said the incident was “due to heavy rain in the Tohoku region.” Company specialists are attempting to identify the amount of leaked water and the radiation levels present in the liquid.

Radioactivity levels in a well near a storage tank at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have risen immensely, the plant’s operator earlier reported, fueling ongoing concern about the impact of radiation on the surrounding environment.

Last Wednesday, heavy rains brought with Typhoon Wipha caused reservoirs for collecting rainwater to overflow. The natural disaster was described by weather forecasters as the strongest in a decade, leaving at least 17 people dead and 50 others missing in its wake.

Workers at the Fukushima plant had to pump rainwater out of protective containers surrounding approximately 1,000 tanks holding radioactive water. It is thought that the heavy rains lifted contaminated soil.

Shortly afterwards, radiation levels were found to have skyrocketed. TEPCO officials said Friday that they detected 400,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances – including strontium – at the site of a well near a storage tank. The level was 6,500 times higher than readings taken Wednesday, according to NHK World.

The news showed that radioactive substances like strontium have reached the groundwater, according to the officials. In August, the same storage tank leaked over 300 tons of contaminated water.

Earlier this month, TEPCO announced that 430 liters of polluted water had spilled from a tank as the company’s employees tried to remove rainwater dumped at the plant by recent typhoons. The contaminated water may well have flowed into the sea, TEPCO said.

However, estimates still may be unreliable. The UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) raised doubts at the beginning of the month. A preliminary report published in the Japanese press concluded that estimates of radioactive substances discharged at the plant provided by the Japanese authorities, TEPCO, and other entities may have underestimated the impact of the disaster.

The power plant was disrupted in March 2011 by a massive earthquake and tsunami which wreaked havoc at Fukushima and sparked a nuclear crisis in which meltdowns occurred in three reactors.  It was considered to be the world’s worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

In September, a senior utility expert at Fukushima, Kazuhiko Yamashita, said that the plant was “not under control.” TEPCO downplayed his comments, saying that he had only been talking about the plant’s waste water problem – not the facility as a whole.

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By Corbett| 7 Comments | Featured, News

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  1. An alternative sollution to the whole situation could be:
    Make a “sinkhole” of enormous size, 10 miles deep and 2 square mile wide, under the whole structure of Fukushima Nuclear plant (especially ofcourse under spendfuelpool at nr. 4). The American militairy are said to have made huge underground cavities in Navada and elsewhere through either nuclear blasts or some kind of super lasers. This should be investigated by President Obama, and if true then such a deep hole can be made by them under Fukushima Nuclear plant and the whole thing can be dumped 10 miles into the ground. After which small nuclear underground blasts can dump surrouding rockstructures into the hole and close it up.
    A double frozen seewall will have to be constructed first to keep the ocean from falling into the hole.
    Also the spend fuelpool at nr 4 needs to be reïnforced all arround with thick concrete walls, so that it cannot collapse when any tremors occur due to blasting
    From the start of creating such a 10 miles deep crevice, inmediately the radioactive water problem is solved cause it can be send to the deep of this hole. It will later mix with all the rock and mud at 10 miles deep, that is blasted over the hole thing.

    I would start working from bottum up, start with a blast (or laser) 10 miles deep and work upwards.
    When you locate the two molten cores you can drag them in the hole as well first, then you blow the ground under the spend fuelpool nr 4 and it falls 10 miles deep. Then immediately you have several surrounding nuclear or large conventional blast on say 300 meter depts and deeper to cover the hole thing.
    If needed shove the mountain next to the nuclear reactor into the pit.

    Making the hole can be done by the US military, if they only come to realise the urgency of the matter and want to reveal their secret lasers to the world.

    • Fix a nuclear disaster with nuclear weapons… what a great idea.

      • Yep and imagine if one of their weekly earthquakes hit while this work was taking place.

  2. Your what is known as a fookin botton ya doofas. This problem is bad enough without stupid cunts suggesting utter mince like that

  3. Yes Peter, and just who is going to construct this mammoth project – International Rescue?

  4. Underground is a good place to dispose of the water. It is a well-established technology (no pun intended) to pump water produced from oil and gas wells into a different deep stratum of the rock formation, and this could almost certainly be applied at Fukushima. Provided the disposal layer selected is contained by impervious rock, the water will sit there for a significant geological length of time – certainly enough for the decay of the cesium radionuclides.

  5. And the US Congress is concerned about health care, entitlements such as Social Security and tax cuts for the rich while the nuclear waste continues to pollute the Pacific Ocean and land in and around Fukushima.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG47VzPhyaM

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