Meanwhile, Back At Fukushima …

Even With Ebola, ISIS, Ukraine and Wild Stock Market Swings … Fukushima Still Ranks As Imporant World News

Nothing has been fixed at Fukushima.

After typhoon Phanfone dumped a bunch of water on Fukushima earlier this month, radioactive tritium levels jumped tenfold.

After typhoon Vongfong dumped a bunch more water on the plant, radioactive cesium and strontium levels soared.

Radiation levels in the water are at all-time highs.

Officials said there’s nothing they can do to stop it, and they have no idea how much radiation is running into the ocean.

The reactors didn’t just suffer a melt down, or even a China syndrome type melt-through, but a series of melt outs. Scientists have no idea where the cores of the nuclear reactors are. Well actually, maybe they have found them … scattered all over kingdom come.

The Japanese have dumped their plan to build an “ice wall” around the plant to contain the radiation. Indeed, they don’t have much of a plan to stabilize the reactors or contain the radiation. Their plan seems to be to dump it all in the ocean.

And Fukushima radiation is approaching the West Coast of North America …

As the Statesman Journal reports:

Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster is approaching the West Coast, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting.

A sample taken Aug. 2 about 1,200 kilometers west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” of Fukushima.

It also showed higher-than-background levels of Cesium 137, another Fukushima isotope that already is present in the world’s oceans from nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s.


“There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now,” Buesseler said. “It’s not on the beaches, but it’s offshore.”

Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from Fukushima following a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Radioactive water has continued to leak and be released from the complex.

No state or federal agency is testing Pacific waters for radiation from the crippled Japanese nuclear plant.

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  • John Francis

    Why can’t they cement it over like the Soviet Union did with Chernobyl? Are there any good solutions being considered? How much longer must we be victims of this catastrophe?

    • kimyo

      unfortunately, cement isn’t an option. there’s 4 plants and 5 spent fuel pools with a significantly larger inventory of radioactive material than chernobyl. it would also be necessary to get underneath the meltouts, and there isn’t any technology today which is capable of doing so.*

      lastly, in order to cure properly, the concrete being poured over the top would need to be cooled in some fashion. (from the wiki re: construction of the hoover dam:

      The first concrete was poured into the dam on June 6, 1933, 18 months ahead of schedule.[59] Since concrete heats and contracts
      as it cures, the potential for uneven cooling and contraction of the
      concrete posed a serious problem. Bureau of Reclamation engineers
      calculated that if the dam was built in a single continuous pour, the
      concrete would take 125 years to cool
      and the resulting stresses would
      cause the dam to crack and crumble. Instead, the ground where the dam
      was to rise was marked with rectangles, and concrete blocks in columns
      were poured, some as large as 50 feet (15 m) square and 5 feet (1.5 m)
      Each five-foot form contained a series of 1 inch (25 mm) steel pipes
      through which first cool river water, then ice-cold water from a refrigeration plant was run.
      Once an individual block had cured and had stopped contracting, the pipes were filled with grout.

      *(again, degrasse tyson, monbiot, hansen, kurzweil: why the f are you not demanding that nasa/darpa/google deliver radiation-hardened robots for the fukushima clean-up effort? i’m starting to think you guys are all hat and no science.)

      • Leo

        Forget the robots: they work on electronics, right ? The radiations are so high that you cannot send robots there. They disrupt the electronics.

        So forget the robots.

        • kimyo

          most if not all of the robots they’ve sent in have died, as you say, from disrupted electronics.

          still, outside the plant, a remotely controlled robot capable of carrying a generator or digging a trench would allow workers to reduce their exposure. also, such a robot could be at work 24/7, without the need for hazmat suits or decontamination.

    • DecentDiscourse

      Hi, John. Chernobyl was an explosion that went up into the air and was above ground. Fukushima’s big problem is that contamination is continuing to accrue in the ground from the tons of water pumped in to try to keep the radioactive melted gunk cool. There’s radioactive water everywhere and you cannot use cement to contain it. As for the time duration, we will be victims of this disaster practically forever. It will continue to produce highly radioactive runoff until they run out of water, at which point it probably will explode, or until it decays in 100,000 years or so.

  • jadan

    “No state or federal agency is testing Pacific waters for radiation from the crippled Japanese nuclear plant.”

    Why bother if nothing can be done? If you just ignore it, you can pretend it doesn’t exist, as it slowly bioaccumulates. You don’t miss your immune system until you reach a point where you never feel completely well. You have a permanent cold. You host any filthy pathogen that comes along. You die young without having lived.

    Genocide. They try to do something about pandemics, though, in the belief that something can be done.

  • kimyo

    Panic in paradise: Malibu high school community shaken by cancer fears

    Twenty faculty members sounded the alarm last week in a letter which said three teachers had been recently diagnosed with stage 1 thyroid cancer, another three had thyroid problems, and seven suffered migraines. The letter also cited incidents of hair loss, rashes and bladder cancer.

    The school had begun testing for air and soil contamination last month, said Lyon. She apologised for not communicating that before the teachers’ letter forced the issue into the open, but said there was no evidence students were at risk. “We know they are safe, just as much as you know that your house is safe.”

    Few seemed reassured. Questions rained down. Would inspectors test
    for radioactivity?
    How advanced were the cancer cases? Several parents cited having children with cancer and other ailments,….

    the attached images are from: Modelling the global atmospheric transport and deposition of radionuclides from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident (pdf link)

    central california (ie: malibu) is right smack dab in the middle of the area with the highest deposition of radioactive iodine. (these results are modelled, not measured. we are forced to rely on models because for all practical purposes, there are no measurements.)

  • locutionwizard

    Is this the ultimate story from which we are being distracted?

    • Jasper

      Unfortunately not. The real problem is with the Sun, it is changing class, resulting in very high levels of uvB reaching the Earth. This is a slow burn e.l.e. , check the stats on skin cancer over the last five years and you will see what I mean.

      • kimyo

        it’s possible that the exact opposite is what’s occurring. uvb is required for human health and may be suppressed today as a result of a weak solar cycle in combination with sulfur dioxide emissions from the many ongoing volcanic eruptions.

        almost everyone in north america never gets any uvb. it’s blocked by window glass. it’s blocked by sunscreen (which doesn’t block uva rays). north of atlanta, NO uvb falls on your skin from late sept to late march. over the spring and summer, uvb is only present for a few hours centered around 1pm.

        uvb over-exposure in those who are vitamin d deficient (60+ percent in the u.s.) does result in squamous cell cancer. but, it’s uva which cause the more prevalent and increasing problem of melanoma:

        For example in Australia in the early 80’s they introduced the
        program Slip, Slap, Slop to encourage everybody to put on sunscreen and
        try to avoid the sun. Interestingly apparently as a result, squamous
        cell carcinoma rates decreased but melanoma rates increased.
        The reason
        for the divergent trends is that sunscreen blocks the UVB which is both
        an important factor for squamous cell carcinoma but also a source of
        vitamin D, yet sunscreen has very little effect on UVA which is the
        important risk factor for melanoma. Using sunscreen it lets people stay
        in the sun longer without burning so they get more UVA.

        So the more melanoma rates increased, the stronger the message from the dermatologist to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen.

        (above snip from an interview with vitamin d researcher dr. william grant.)
        i don’t know the statistics, but if it’s melanoma that’s on the rise, then the culprit is not uvb.

    • Weatherman

      HAARP is building and directing every storm from the west pacific over Japan to purposely rain on and pickup radiation from there to bring across to the US and then on to Europe, but these last two storms also recycled fallout south and back towards the Philippines, so it is being used to cause as much destruction as possible. Anytime it rains in the US, Geiger counters should be testing, but no one says a word, Feds are corrupt as hell, that’s a fact.

    • Vtran

      All those that say there is nothing that can be done, are lying !
      The 1st thing is to tell the people the truth, that the cores melted / melted out so that people caught in the zones get the correct treatment and exclusion zones are identified.
      Pretending that nothing happened; Pretending that Chernobyl was worse is just trying to cover up and not admitting we have a problem !
      If it means that some areas of Japan need to be shut down, then that is a price that has to be paid; If it means that fishing in the Pacific needs to be stopped as eating the fish may cause cancer, then that is a price that has to be paid.
      If it means that the West coastline is off limits that is a cost
      Quite simple – who pays, well the world fund (the IMF, UN) countries affected contribute appropriately
      If not then the whole world pays one way or another through slow or fast deaths that seem un related !

  • lostinspace

    We are the world . We are the children. We are the ones to make a brighter day so let’s start living. We are the world …………………………………………….

  • lostinspace

    wake me up when it’s all over oh wake me up up up up

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  • Raindance

    what a horrifying state of affairs. planet earth would be a much better place without us humans…it’s a shame i’m so attached to some of them.

  • Lauren

    They are restarting the Sendai plant. 40 km from the Ioyama volcano, which has released pyroclastic flows in the past that have gone ove 160 km.
    Gee, one would almost think that there is a deliberate intent to create a worse disaster than Fukashima.
    Or is it like, when you stub your toe, for ex., you hit yourself in the knee with a hammer so you don’t feel your toe throbbing……?