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Posted on 04/27/2013 6:50:49 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Groundwater at No. 1 plant tainted
Apr 27, 2013
Samples of groundwater taken from monitoring holes around the sunken reservoirs at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are proving radioactive, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday.
Strontium and other radioactive elements were detected in samples taken from 13 of the 22 observation holes dug around the reservoirs, which were built to hold water tainted during the cooling of the reactors, Tepco said.
Some of the reservoirs are leaking.
The amount of radioactive material in the samples is small and within the range of normal fluctuations, Tepco said, but it is not known whether there is any link between the radiation and the reservoir leaks.
The utility said that 0.03 to 0.048 becquerels per milliliter of the radioactive materials was detected in Fridays groundwater samples. A similar amount was detected in water taken from two holes when the utility reanalyzed the samples to confirm the previous readings.
The observation holes range from 5 to 15 meters deep.
Great wall of Fukushima?
A government panel has begun studying ways to prevent more radioactive water from accumulating at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, including a plan to build underground walls around the damaged reactor buildings to stop groundwater from entering.
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Sorry. I pinged the wrong list. My apologies.
WOW, who could have seen this coming?
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Yea, go figure. ;-)
What a mess!
It comes in. It goes out. But, but it's within "normal" limits so what difference does it make! Hmm, just enough to make them travel to Chernobyl to have a Q&A.
If it's a lie, it wouldn't be their first...
To be honest, handling of Chernobyl disaster looks really brilliant comparing to Fukushima event. Japanese must be happy that their station was built ashore and for that reason most of the pollution is simply washed into Pacific.
I thought Japan had already melted down from a reactor core explosion, and was entirely irradiated by the rods in building 4.
Oh wait, that was just the predictions. I guess things didn’t get quite as bad as some people thought they might.
After all of this mess, the LAST thing that Japan needs is fallout from a nuclear exchange caused by the nut jobs in North Korea.
IIRC, prevailing winds would dump all the fallout from such a blast right on the Japanese Home Islands.
i really hope the Japanese catch a break soon.
Calvinist_Dark_Lord- I must ask, why have such mishaps, befallen the Land of Japan? Only to occur again, and then again. Just wondering, do you know?
Honestly? No idea. Japan has had a few bad decades. Not all of them have been natural or technological disasters. Their economy went into the toilet long before our economy followed.
The Person to ask for specific details would be AmericanInTokyo, who i've pingged to this comment. He would have far more acute knowledge of Japan than would i.
As far as Natural events. Japan has the unfortunate distinction of being resource poor (part of the reason for their aggressiveness in WWII), and positioned along an active earthquake line.
Speaking of external events though...they're NOT happy with the North Koreans. Missiles have been flying over their territory. If those same missiles had flown over US Territory, what do you suppose our response would be? Yeah, they're that mad.
If another Korean war breaks out, i suspect that the South Koreans and Japanese might come to some sort of agreement about sending Japanese Forces to assist the South in their fight against the North. That would be just a bit touchy though. There are some bad feelings between Koreans and Japanese left over from WWII. Still, the US simply cannot deploy the force to handle such a conflict in a reasonable amount of time...and that force would probably consist of A LOT of National Guard Divisions. We don't have the Air or Sea lift capacity to supply the required force any more. We can barely keep up our logistics train to the areas where we are deployed.