Skip to comments.Rate of radioactive flow to Pacific alarming
Posted on 08/22/2013 11:27:02 PM PDT by TexGrill
Water releasing as much as 10 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium and 20 trillion becquerels of cesium-137 from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has flowed into the Pacific Ocean since May 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimates.
The combined figure of 30 trillion becquerels, announced late Wednesday, implies that highly radioactive water is entering the trenches under the damaged reactors turbine buildings.
The three reactors that had core meltdowns are being flooded by emergency cooling water needed to keep the leaky units stable, but the water is leaking from the reactors into the basements, where it is mixing with groundwater penetrating the walls of the 40-year-old plant.
Since the 30 trillion becquerels cant be accounted for just by groundwater alone, it is likely the toxic water from the trenches is entering the mix as well, the beleaguered utility said after conducting various simulations.
The Fukushima complex was built on a maze of trenches that guide cables and pipes needed to transport electricity and water. The pipes lead to the sea because the power plant, like all the others in Japan, needs seawater for cooling purposes.
The 30 trillion figure is about 100 times more than what Tepco had been allowing to enter the sea each year before the crisis.
Containment fences set up in the plants man-made harbor are failing to keep the flow from reaching the greater Pacific.
(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...
Maybe japan will finally get some of those mutant monster they make movies about.
“Maybe japan will finally get some of those mutant monster they make movies about.”
Depending on the Pacific currents, maybe we will.
Reckon we’ll ever see any odd shaped square groupers show up on our beaches?
The monster IS the radiation. The big green lizard was used so the average person could understand.
So 300 BILLION becquerels is okay? That becquerel must be a mighty small measurement of radioactivity.
1 Ci = 3.7×1010 Bq = 37 GBq
Or 1 Curie (the activity generated by 1 gram of Radium) equals 37 gigabecquerls
1 Curie of Cobalt 60 at 1 meter distance will give roughly 1 Rad per hour dose.
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