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Fukushima warning: danger level at nuclear plant jumps to 'serious'
Guardian ^

Posted on 08/21/2013 9:33:26 AM PDT by chessplayer

The new warning, expected on Wednesday, comes only a day after the nuclear watchdog assigned a much lower ranking when the plant's operator, Tepco, admitted about 300 tonnes of highly toxic water had leaked from a storage tank at the site.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fukushima
"Wrecked Fukushima storage tank leaking highly radioactive water"

"The storage tank breach of about 300 metric tons of water is separate from contaminated water leaks reported in recent weeks, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday."

"The latest leak is so contaminated that a person standing half a meter (1 ft 8 inches) away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/20/us-japan-fukushima-leak-idUSBRE97J02920130820

Things are probably far, far worse than Tepco and the Japanese govt have been saying. They've been lying their asses off about this from the start.

1 posted on 08/21/2013 9:33:26 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

But is it ‘hugh’?...........


2 posted on 08/21/2013 9:42:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: chessplayer

What was the threat level rating before? “Some concern”. And what will be the next level? “Run for the hills”.


3 posted on 08/21/2013 9:42:45 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: rktman

They’ll only admit if after the fact. Until then, they’ll keep pretending it’s basically a dental x-ray.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 9:54:28 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: chessplayer
It has been “serious” since day one...but covered up - and the world, which should have jumped in to help from day one, still sits quietly on the sidelines - why?

Because the problem is so unprecedented and cataclysmic that they haven't a clue what to do?

or - They see this could be - should be? - the death knell for nuclear power, their cash cow - which has the power for such destruction...destruction that can last for thousands of years - destruction of the Pacific, which takes up 1/3rd of the world?

Or both?

Is there any way to close the lid on this Pandora's Box?

5 posted on 08/21/2013 10:01:14 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: chessplayer

The amount of radiation a nuclear worker is permitted is roughly equivalent to the amount of exposure you would get from eating one extra banana in a year.

Bananas are rich in potassium-40, a radioactive element. If you eat it, you get exposed to it. Brazil nuts are rich in Radium. Carbon 14 is radioactive, and you get some with every vegetable you eat.

Certainly nuclear workers should have low exposure limits, and they do. I don’t think it is a service to compare exposure to these very low limits.

I will still eat bananas, brazil nuts, and vegetables.


6 posted on 08/21/2013 10:04:23 AM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: F15Eagle

Maybe just put out a change that it’s only flouridated water only. All clear. Nothing to see here. Happened a long time ago so what difference does it make now.


7 posted on 08/21/2013 10:06:12 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: chessplayer

According to the article the leak is so bad that you’d receive a high (but non-lethal) dose of radiation if you stood a foot and a half away from it? I will helpfully suggest that noone do that.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 10:08:25 AM PDT by Blackyce (French President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war alwaysmeans failure.")
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To: maine-iac7
maine-iac7 ~:" Is there any way to close the lid on this Pandora's Box? "

How about deep water fracking ?
Inject it into earth's crust a mile (+) down under multi-layers of rock and sediment ; then cap it off !!
It might require the scrapping of all transport and drill rigs , but thats better than scrapping a nation.

9 posted on 08/21/2013 10:11:29 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: chessplayer

It WAS a meltdown, right?


10 posted on 08/21/2013 10:12:32 AM PDT by GOPJ (Blacks blame whites for all their failures... Newspapers blame the internet for all of theirs.)
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To: GOPJ
It WAS a meltdown, right?

Yes, 3 meltdowns.
11 posted on 08/21/2013 10:14:14 AM PDT by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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To: donmeaker

But don’t you know the sky is falling?! Now the whole Pacific Ocean is at risk!!
Is it time to evacuate the Philippines ? Guam ??
How many thousands have already died!?!?


12 posted on 08/21/2013 10:18:33 AM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: chessplayer

TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhA6uh5UyAQ

and today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ8O6JqpPDs

also this month - take off the blinders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCf4MkD4qm4

and if you want to here what a scientist has to say

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCf4MkD4qm4


13 posted on 08/21/2013 10:32:35 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: maine-iac7

I agree - no one wanted to jump in and help because they would have had to admit the danger of nuke power. I realized from reading obsessively when the Fuku happened that nuke bombs are actually much less dangerous in the long run than nuke plants gone bad. And since no one still has a clue what to do with all the spent fuel, all over the world, every bunch of spent fuel is nothing but a ticking time bomb.

All just to boil water to make steam to generate electricity. One of the absolute stupidest ideas humans every came up with. Why the hell not just use coal. The world would be a lot better if all nuke power plants were coal fired instead and nuke power and never been used. There are no piles of used coal that are highly radioactive, require a lot of electricity and upkeep to keep safe, and have to be monitored and kept cook for who knows how many years, all over the world.

Just because science and technology can figure something out doesn’t mean it’s automatically good, beneficial or useful for humankind. People with blind devotion to science and technology need to find another god to worship, preferable the real one.


14 posted on 08/21/2013 10:54:59 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: GOPJ

you ask: “It WAS a meltdown, right?

Actually - it was THREE meltdowns.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/06/06/japan.nuclear.meltdown/index.html

but don’t tell the FR deniers that. It’s no worse than eating a banana ... they proclaim


15 posted on 08/21/2013 10:56:09 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: chessplayer

That is very possible. The fog of lies makes it hard to figure out how bad things really are. Which is why TEPCO lies so much.


16 posted on 08/21/2013 10:56:51 AM PDT by Thud
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To: aumrl

17 posted on 08/21/2013 10:58:39 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: little jeremiah
What?

ANother Freeper who realizes the Pandora's Box syndrome of Nuclear power? And what's happening in Fukushima?

Thank Goodness. I was feeling pretty lonely - there seems to be a majority of head-in-the-sand Freepers when it comes to Nuclear power -

18 posted on 08/21/2013 11:03:28 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: donmeaker

The amount of radiation a nuclear worker is permitted is roughly equivalent to the amount of exposure you would get from eating one extra banana in a year.

Bananas are rich in potassium-40, a radioactive element. If you eat it, you get exposed to it. Brazil nuts are rich in Radium. Carbon 14 is radioactive, and you get some with every vegetable you eat.

Certainly nuclear workers should have low exposure limits, and they do. I don’t think it is a service to compare exposure to these very low limits.

I will still eat bananas, brazil nuts, and vegetables.

6 posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:04:23 AM by donmeaker

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You are obviously ill informed or distributing propaganda. Do you honestly think that the nuclear power industry is limited the quantity of banana equivalent doses to its employees? They’d send staff with specialized training home when they reach their yearly limit?
Have you ever wondered why radioactive materials require DOT licenses and lead shielding when transported but bananas just get thrown in the back of a delivery truck (well no - that would bruise them, “placed” in the back)and displayed in grocery stores? You can’t blame ‘hysterical’ citizens for the disparity in the treatment of radioactive sources and bananas - that’s the territory of the EPA and Department of Transportation.
There is NO comparison between the food items you listed containing radioactive potassium and the issues facing us today re Fukushima. So either you weren’t aware of the differences or you are a nuke apologist who distributes this kind of nonsense in order to ridicule the populace into silence. But that last tactic doesn’t work anymore because of information sharing on the web - we know to ignore anyone who makes banana, nut or vegetable comparisons because those people don’t have enough knowledge of science to comprehend the basics.


19 posted on 08/21/2013 11:12:52 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: maine-iac7

LOL - funny! but not accurate


20 posted on 08/21/2013 12:47:05 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: maine-iac7

LOL - funny! but not accurate BTW: I had a whole body scan show up’positive’ due to a tritium dialed watch.... jus sayin


21 posted on 08/21/2013 12:48:50 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: maine-iac7

Thanks for the backup link... interesting.


22 posted on 08/21/2013 4:59:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (- - NSA - The only part of government that actually listens...Joe Kovacs)
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To: maine-iac7

“Fukushima radiation in Pacific Ocean/10 year computer model”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPKkSFOW-t4

Possible this could kill the entire Pacific Ocean? Plankton will suck this stuff up. Then small fish that eat the plankton will be contaminated. Then bigger fish that eat the small fish. On and on.


23 posted on 08/21/2013 7:32:21 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: maine-iac7

“Exclusive: Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ‘emergency’ “

TOKYO (Reuters) - “Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday.”

“Tepco is trying to prevent groundwater from reaching the plant by building a “bypass” but recent spikes of radioactive elements in sea water has prompted the utility to reverse months of DENIALS and FINALLY ADMIT that tainted water is reaching the sea.”

http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-japan-nuclear-body-says-radioactive-water-fukushima-122435509.html

400 tons a day making it’s way into the Pacific. Only God knows how much has been poured into the ocean in the last two years. And all along Tepco and the Japanese govt have been lying in order to cover their asses.


24 posted on 08/21/2013 8:07:19 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: maine-iac7

“Samples taken on Monday showed levels of possibly cancer-causing caesium-134 were more than 90 times higher than they were on Friday, at 9 000 becquerels per litre, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) revealed.”

“Once ingested, the substances accumulate in muscle and bone and are believed to cause cancers.”

“The substances, which were released by the meltdowns of reactors at the plant in the aftermath of the huge tsunami of March 2011, were not absorbed by soil and have made their way into underground water.”

“But it revealed on Tuesday the level of tritium in seawater near the tsunami-battered complex has been on the rise since May.”

“The spokesperson said last Wednesday’s sample showed 2 300 becquerels per litre, a RECORD HIGH reading since Tepco started observation of seawater in June 2011.”

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Fukushima-radioactivity-readings-rocket-20130709


25 posted on 08/21/2013 8:28:46 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: maine-iac7

High strontium levels, also. And it looks like nobody has a clue how to stop this disaster from getting worse and worse.


26 posted on 08/21/2013 8:31:30 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
it looks like nobody has a clue how to stop this disaster from getting worse and worse.

They need to start making lots of cement blocks with that water.

27 posted on 08/21/2013 8:38:41 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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