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Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe'
BBC ^ | 22 Aug 13 | Matt McGrath

Posted on 08/22/2013 5:19:13 AM PDT by xzins

A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated.

But some nuclear experts are concerned that the problem is a good deal worse than either Tepco or the Japanese government are willing to admit.

Some 1,000 tanks have been built to hold the water. But these are believed to be at around 85% of their capacity

"The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic," said Mycle Schneider,

"What is the worse is the water leakage everywhere else - not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that.

The tanks store contaminated water that has been used to cool the reactors.

"It is much worse than we have been led to believe, much worse," said Mr Schneider, who is lead author for the World Nuclear Industry status reports.

The lack of clarity about the water situation and the continued attempts by Tepco to deny that water was leaking into the sea has irritated many researchers.

"They are entering the oceans at levels that then will accumulate in seafood and will cause new health concerns."

There are also worries about the spent nuclear fuel rods that are being cooled and stored in water pools on site. Mycle Schneider says these contain far more radioactive caesium than was emitted during the explosion at Chernobyl.

"There is absolutely no guarantee that there isn't a crack in the walls of the spent fuel pools. If salt water gets in, the steel bars would be corroded. It would basically explode the walls, and you cannot see that; you can't get close enough to the pools," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 08/22/2013 5:19:13 AM PDT by xzins
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To: All; AmericanInTokyo
There are also worries about the spent nuclear fuel rods that are being cooled and stored in water pools on site. Mycle Schneider says these contain far more radioactive caesium than was emitted during the explosion at Chernobyl.

"There is absolutely no guarantee that there isn't a crack in the walls of the spent fuel pools. If salt water gets in, the steel bars would be corroded. It would basically explode the walls, and you cannot see that; you can't get close enough to the pools," he said.

2 posted on 08/22/2013 5:19:54 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

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3 posted on 08/22/2013 5:32:27 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: xzins

Dont worry..the FR crowd will be here soon to say nothing is wrong, TEPCO wouldnt lie, Japan wouldn’t lie..go right ahead and live near Fukushima..all is well.


4 posted on 08/22/2013 5:33:42 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: xzins

But those of us concerned were called envirowackos and reminded how radiation was in bananas.


5 posted on 08/22/2013 5:34:56 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: RummyChick

Nothing is wrong.

Or rather, the nuclear radiation damage and health threat is only a portion, and a relatively small portion, of the total damage and health threat caused by storm, wind, waves, mold, mildew, bacteria, chemicals, sunburn, etc., and the totality of the Fukushima incident.


6 posted on 08/22/2013 5:37:54 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474

Go right ahead and order up some of those radioactive fish. They will make a fine sushi meal.


7 posted on 08/22/2013 5:45:12 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Sorry no sushi.
The fish cook themselves before you can carve them up.


8 posted on 08/22/2013 5:52:34 AM PDT by jim999
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To: xzins

“The Japanese have a problem asking for help. It is a big mistake; they badly need it.”


9 posted on 08/22/2013 6:25:07 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: xzins
much worse than we were led to believe

Sounds ominous.

10 posted on 08/22/2013 6:44:00 AM PDT by lbryce (The 22nd Amendment Lives:1148 Days Until America's Greatest Nemesis Gets the Heave "Ho")
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To: lbryce
Maybe this is what they're talking about: There are also worries about the spent nuclear fuel rods that are being cooled and stored in water pools on site. Mycle Schneider says these contain far more radioactive caesium than was emitted during the explosion at Chernobyl.
11 posted on 08/22/2013 6:47:20 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: headstamp 2

As a regular visitor to these shores, i can only hope someone intervenes and takes Tepco out of the loop. If another earthquake strikes that area it would be game over for the entire country.


12 posted on 08/22/2013 6:48:05 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: erlayman

Why the entire country?


13 posted on 08/22/2013 6:53:51 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: xzins

Some of us understood they had a serious problem from the beginning. Others still have their heads in the sand.


14 posted on 08/22/2013 7:09:02 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: xzins
They would rather have a disaster than ask for help. Radiation poisoning is preferable to admitting that you can't contain the problem.
15 posted on 08/22/2013 8:24:07 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Well if a fire or another earthquake happened before the fuel rods are removed certainly it would be a situation of extreme
danger that could possibly render a large area of Northern Japan uninhabitable. Even if the ground continues to sink, which it is expected to, the entire structure could collapse, which would fully drain the cooling pool and cause a catastrophic meltdown. It would be disaster of unprecedented magnitude.


16 posted on 08/22/2013 9:31:30 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: RummyChick

Maybe Bizarre foods could visit there.....


17 posted on 08/22/2013 9:38:50 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: xzins

Too bad we don’t have Thorium Reactors that don’t have to be build near water sources to operate....

Too bad we don’t have thorium reactors what can “burn” the isotopes in “spent fuel rods”...

They had Thorium Salt reactors in the late 60’s at Oak Ridge, but government/General Electric/Military Industrial Complex meddling scrapped the idea because they couldn’t make bomb grade material, and GE couldn’t sell their expensive fuel pellets to the Nuclear Power industry....

We Business and Government get into bed under rule of law we all lose...

US Government and G.E. Nuclear...

Japan Government and Tepco...

The unholy alliance between business and government is just as bad a special interest groups and government and we haven;t had a free market since the early 1900’s....


18 posted on 08/22/2013 10:10:48 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: erlayman

If I woke up to a terminal cancer illness and only had 6 months to live I think I would volunteer to help clean up fukishima...

Maybe the radiation would cure my cancer....

It would be a better chance than Obama care...


19 posted on 08/22/2013 10:12:09 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: xzins

One of my best friends here is a nuclear physicist. I am going to be meeting him for drinks in Shinjuku tonight. He promised to tell me if it was time to start getting worried.

I’ll know more tonight, I guess.


20 posted on 08/22/2013 12:55:05 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin

Please fill us in tomorrow on what you learn. Thanks.


21 posted on 08/22/2013 7:30:31 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: erlayman

Building nuclear plants in Japan was logical for a country that had to import just about every drop of fuel it used.

Building nuclear plants in Japan, one of the seismic active zones in the world, was danger in the extreme and bordering on the insane.

Building nuclear plants in seismic Japan close enough to the sea for destruction by a tsunami was criminal negligence.


22 posted on 08/22/2013 7:35:27 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins; All
Wake up, folks.
The information has been out there for anyone who could tear themselves away from ‘Idol” or “Dancing With...” - even for Freepers - ALWAYS been out there.

It seems even Freepers tend to sit back and wait for someone else to do something - FR has become largely just a place to enjoy the easy office chair and opine. The ‘active’ Freepers of ole that used to take action AND get things done - (remember the ‘fake but true” Dan RAther hub bub? Remember Terri Schiavo? And there were others.) Where now are the Freepers that will crash the emails of their reps to demand action on crucial issues? We've become a lazy citizenry, and Freepers - full of wind but no action. WE get the gov’t we deserve?

Very discouraging - ARe any of you "old" Fighting Freepers lurking?

If there IS any one of you that is interested on boninb up - see my next post for a start. This isn't just Japan's problem. It's the worlds.

23 posted on 08/22/2013 7:57:32 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: MAINE-IAC; All

per post above

and this is just thte tip...

“...happening since an earthquake and tsunami touched off the disaster in March 2011...”

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130807-fukushima-radioactive-water-leak/

thefollowing is a post I put on Free Republic -

I has some of the pertinant infor on what the world is letting happen - most criminally, beside Japan, ithe the US.

It’s bad enough the Obama says no problem - quintensential obama - or that the MSM is obeying by spinking it and our poliricians are silent - but when even Freepers rely on being spoonfed too rather than do any independent research - it’s truly disheartening.

This first video is from 2011! and people haven’t been following up on it - Famed physicist Dr. Michio Kaku

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrxmy6R3m90

Pacific Ocean contamination chart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l8TT1dv-PM

Are we killing ourselves? Why is the world doing NOTHING. Why is our government doing nothing? - except covering up the truth? Why is THIS not a scandel?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l8TT1dv-PM

look, if you can spare the time from watching “Idol” and “DAncing” - look at some of the other videos in the sidebars? Or you can expend the least amount of your precious time and simply cache the links in this post - for future perusal - maybe you might even want to keep en eye on this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PrhG5gmVb8

last month - leaks have been continuos and now is speeding up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l6YFOwiXnM

Radiation in San Diago - just the beginning?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Jqx2JVvjU

‘bama double tongue “I want to be very clear - “ speech - NO WORRY! He said he’d keep us updated too - doesn’t seem to be any updates...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=095dqQn_3H8

radiation had already started reaching both west and eat coast USA 2 1/2 years ago!

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

how high is it NOW?


24 posted on 08/22/2013 7:59:40 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: maine-iac7

Thank you maine, excellent videos. Absolutely thought provoking.


25 posted on 08/23/2013 5:57:14 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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