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Neither the NRA nor TEPCO has determined why the level of radioactivity has been increasing. Both characterize the increase as a "spike," but so far this is a "spike" that has not yet started to come down. 

Here's another perspective on the same situation: 

"   10 becquerels per liter -- The officially "safe" level for radioactivity in drinking water, as set by the NRA. 

A becquerel is a standard scientific measure of radioactivity, similar in some ways to a rad or a rem or a roentgen or a sievert or a curie, but not equivalent to any of them.  But you don't have to understand the nuances of nuclear physics to get a reasonable idea of what's going on in Fukushima.  Just keep the measure of that safe drinking water in mind, that liter of water, less than a quart, with 10 becquerels of radioactivity. 

"  60 becquerels per liter -- For nuclear power plants, the safety limit for drinking water is 60 becquerels, as set by the NRA, with less concern for nuclear plant workers than ordinary civilians. 

"   60-90 becquerels per liter -- For waste water at nuclear power plants, the NRA sets a maximum standard of 90 becquerels per liter for Cesium-137 and 60 becquerels per liter of Cesium-134.

At some of Fukushima's monitoring wells, radiation levels were in fractions of a becquerel on July 8 and 9. At the well (or wells) that are proving problematical, TEPCO has provided no baseline readings. 

"  9,000 becquerels per liter -- On July 8, according to TEPCO, the company measured radioactive Cesium-134 at 9,000 becquerels per liter.  Since TEPCO characterized this as 90 times higher than on July 5, the implication is that the earlier reading (about 100) was less than twice as toxic as the allowable limit and only 10 times more toxic than drinking water for civilians. 

"   11,000 becquerels per liter -- TEPCO's measurement of Cesium-134 on July 9.    

"    18,000 becquerels per liter -- TEPCO measurement of  Cesium-137 on July 8.

"    22,000 becquerels per liter -- TEPCO's measurement of Cesium-137 on July 9. 

"    900,000 becquerels per liter -- TEPCO's measurement of the total radioactivity in the water leaking from Reactor #1.  This radiation load includes both Cesium isotopes, as well as Tritium, Strontium and other beta emitters.  There are more that 60 radioactive substances that have been identified at the Fukushima site. 

A becquerel is a measure of the radioactivity a substance is emitting, a measure of the potential danger. There is no real danger from radiation unless you get too close to it -- or it gets too close to you, especially from inhalation or ingestion.    

Nobody Knows If It Will Get Worse, Get Better, or Just Stay Bad

The water flow through the Fukushima accident site is substantial and constant, both from groundwater and from water pumped into the reactors and fuel pools to prevent further meltdowns. 

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stop rolling around in 100 $ bills whilst paying N... by laurie steele on Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 3:09:27 AM
also see this..click here(click arrow mid photo on... by laurie steele on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:51:04 AM
It's only a matter of time until it happens here.T... by 911TRUTH on Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 1:54:05 PM
  These officials are genetically unfit to pe... by Howard Lewis on Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 6:18:19 PM
I hate to seem terribly odd here but there was a B... by paulvcassidy on Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 6:22:24 AM
This is a bogus map. It does not show radioactivi... by Dave Meserve on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 4:14:05 PM
Dave Meserve appears to be correct  and I reg... by William Boardman on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 6:07:57 PM
to fix the Fukushima disaster ASAP. Ignoring it wi... by Joseph Danison on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 4:48:00 PM
You are misrepresenting the truth. The satellite p... by Adm Tech on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 6:50:25 PM
It was an innocent error, being too trusting of&nb... by William Boardman on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 7:27:34 PM
click here...it's bad.... by laurie steele on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:04:28 AM
One quart = 946.35 cc; one liter = 1000 cc. Tritiu... by needles on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 7:45:36 AM
although a dry quart is larger than a liter... &nb... by William Boardman on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45:07 AM
Do you know where I can get a link to the source o... by William Spiritdancer on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 6:51:40 PM
If you mean the map, read critique in comments abo... by William Boardman on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 8:00:59 PM
This picture is a representation of the aftershock... by EllyvanAmstel on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 2:24:19 PM
... by William Boardman on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:20:33 PM
Inside the Chernobyl sarcophagus radioactive fu... by Mike Kawitzky on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:30:44 PM
Years ago I saw a report of algae growing in ... by William Boardman on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 6:01:09 PM
Interesting. Thanks. The radioactive algae of 3 Mi... by Mike Kawitzky on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:36:28 AM
For the record, the linked image is maximum wave... by Eric Hackathorn on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:56:17 PM
but an honest error, as discussed in several ... by William Boardman on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:19:37 PM
are you saying we are in no danger, if so i sugges... by laurie steele on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:10:09 AM
click hereand if your really brave, read the comme... by laurie steele on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:22:11 AM
Folks - that supposed image of radiation dispersal... by David Biedny on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 6:43:19 PM
... by William Boardman on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:17:58 PM
That is NOT a map of radiation spreading from Fuku... by A Grieshop on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 7:19:00 PM
... by William Boardman on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:10:25 AM
just stop addressing the photo. the commenters at ... by laurie steele on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:45:56 PM
but leaving such comments unanswered give oth... by William Boardman on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 6:26:41 PM
It is indeed more than unfortunate that this artic... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:46:29 AM
Yes about the map -- see comments above.  Rad... by William Boardman on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:21:04 AM
start growing dandy lions in troughs and as the pl... by Marcel Martin on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 6:32:51 PM
marcel. there is no safe dose. period.... by laurie steele on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:54:11 AM
Boardman is reporting the MSM line that a monster ... by allen heart on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 7:05:28 PM
if you view the towns while the tsunami hits, you'... by laurie steele on Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 1:58:00 AM