which was wrecked 4 years ago by the earthquake/tsunami of
March 2011. A leak from the roof of Building 2 was known for a year by TEPCO,
and not reported. The highly contaminated water
is flowing directly into the Pacific, and fish are showing high levels of radioactivity.
International outrage is growing, and local fishermen are shocked.
In a separate incident, the level of strontium 90 in one of the trenches which drains into the ocean
showed a jump of 70x the usual level for that location. This problem may have been caused
by a series of strong earthquakes in the region, which may have
shifted the flow of groundwater.
Other articles below give expert opinions on how bleak the situation is.
at the site into the Pacific!
And the governor of Tokyo wants to divert funds from the disaster repair to the 2020 Olympics!
And Prime Minister Abe is still pushing to restart reactors,
even though there is no good plan to dispose of nuclear waste!
Meanwhile, dead birds and sea mammals continue to pile up at an alarming rate on the US West Coast!
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The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found a pool of highly contaminated water on the roof of a plant building and that it had probably leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained. The finding comes four years after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc's Fukushima reactors, and 1-1/2 years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured the International Olympic Committee that radiation leaks at the plant were "under control".
Nuclear waste on roof of Fukushima reactor flowing directly in ocean -- Officials kept secret for past year & did nothing to stop it -- Coming from highly radioactive debris on top of Unit 2; Gundersen: Reactor pressures got so high "it blew top off" -- Amount of leakage 'unknown' -- "Fallout far from over" International fury rising"
Japan Times, Feb 25, 2015 (emphasis added): Radioactive isotopes [have] been draining into the
Pacific" from the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, which is highly contaminated".
Meanwhile on Sunday, Tepco reported water contaminated withhigh levels of radiation
was flowing into the ocean at the plant's port. Kyodo News, Feb 25, 2015: Highly toxic water leaks into ocean from Fukushima plant --
Highly radioactive rainwater [is] accumulating on the rooftop of the No. 2 reactor building"
In a separate incident" highly contaminated water leaked into the nearby bay
through a different gutter" The cause and the amount of water leakage remain unknown. [Tepco] decided against making the findings public until now
as it did not have results of the analysis on the accumulated liquid's radioactivity levels.
Newsweek, Feb 25, 2015: The fallout from the Fukushima disaster is far from over"
Local commercial fishermen are reportedly outraged" "I don't understand why [Tepco] kept silent"
Fishery operators are absolutely shocked," [said] Masakazu Yabuki,
chief of the Iwaki fisheries cooperative"
[The] plant has been plagued by a staggering number of accidents.
NHK, Feb. 24, 2015: [TEPCO] did not take any measures to prevent radioactive water"
flowing into the Pacific"
TEPCO was aware" April last year [yet] has not installed floodgates [and]
does not plan to install any devices in the channel.
Japan's top government spokesperson reiterated the government's long-standing mantra"
"The situation is completely under control"
Any negative impact of radioactive water on the environment is completely blocked."
A record quantity of radioactive cesium -- 7,400 times the country's limit deemed safe
for human consumption -- has been detected in a greenling fish in the waters
near the crippled Fukushima plant, two years after the nuclear disaster.
TEPCO has also discovered a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of
radioactive cesium in the fish, Kyodo News reported.
-tepco-publishing-reports-fukushima-plant-status/ On 2/17/2015, multiple major quakes hit North East Japan. The first one occurred at 8:06 JST,
magnitude was 6.9. Epicenter was Sanriku offshore , depth was 10km. Japan meteorological agency announced http://nuclear-news.net/2015/02/22/strong-quakes-successively-hit-north-east-japan-
nuclide-leaked-from-drain-to-the-sea-contamination-lev/ On 2/22/2015, Tepco announced the radiation level suddenly jumped up in the plant area drain
to let it flow to the sea. According to Tepco, 2 radiation monitors detected the rapid increase of all Î nuclide density
(to include Strontium-90) around 10:00AM. The indicated radiation level was 5,050,000 ã 5,630,000 Bq/m3. It made Tepco check the potential leakage of the contaminated water tanks upstream
and contaminated water transferring system, but they did not shut down the drain outlet for nearly 3 hours for some reason. Extremely high level of all Î nuclide was detected from seawater near the outlet,
which was 3,000,000 Bq/m3. The contaminated water flowed to the sea. The highest density detected by the monitor was 7,230,000 Bq/m3,
which was 10 to 100 times much as usual. After all, Tepco found no leakage from contaminated water related facility upstream.
There is a possibility that highly contaminated groundwater moved and flowed to the drain. Currently they are collecting the water from drain by vacuum truck.