Water containing strontium leaked into Pacific: TEPCO

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

  • 6

    SquidBert

    I am waiting for the day when we can get news articles about Fukushima nuclear plant saying:

    Independent (international) observers said

    rather than

    TEPCO said

  • 2

    papigiulio

    >promising to prevent similar incidents.

    Promise don't do much. Either way we all know lots of radioactive water was leaked into the ocean in the way beginning. I wont be swimming anywhere near there for the next couple of 500 years.

    Anyone know if radioactive water around fukushima might go all the way around japan or ?

  • 0

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Ok, OK, so is anybody here in Japan SURPRISED??

  • 0

    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    @papaigiulio

    Look up an ocean current map. My water down here comes from a current from down near the Philippines, which is why it is so warm. Kugenuma

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    "promising to prevent similar incidents."

    Meanwhile, the plant is still not under control, so how you possibly take such a promise seriously -- especially from TEPCO??

    I'm with Squibert... independent monitors and panels are LONG overdue! but, Japanese corporations and all...

  • 2

    Dennis Bauer

    next week 3 eyed fish sushi served, clients still glowing about it!

  • 0

    MasterBape

    Now, I'm no expert so I could be wrong, but if there is "a gutter that leads into the ocean" and there is even the remotest chance that radioactive water could escape down that gutter, I would have sealed it off from the early stages of this operation, unless it serves as another purpose apart from contaminating the ocean.

  • 5

    Scrote

    So they found a pool of 45 tons of water and they "believe" that only 150 litres of that went into the sea.

    I believe a lot more has gone into the sea and Tepco are lying (as usual).

  • 3

    gogogo

    The company said, however, human health should not be affected even after eating sea food caught in the area for every day for one year.

    That is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Japanese people eat fish everyday!

    Tepco do not know how to run this and unfortunately the government doesn't know either as they allow this circus to proceed!

  • 0

    saru_au

    MaboDofuIsSpicy Dec. 07, 2011 - 09:10AM JST

    Look up an ocean current map.

    but not so good if you live above Chiba, big circular current up there, notice how many more surfers came down to Shonan this summer... a lot more Chiba number plates in the car parks.

  • 5

    zichi

    Since day one of the nuclear disaster, IAEA have been a major disappointment. They have not been strict enough with TEPCO or the government.

  • 7

    NuckinFutz

    Any sentence that begins with "TEPCO said" is sure to contain dangerousely high levels of BULL$HIT!

  • 2

    nandakandamanda

    Yes, agreed with MasterBape above. Tepco need(ed) to be aware of any gutters leading to the sea.

    Actually I read in the news that they found the gutter dry with low levels of radioactivity, whereas the sea beyond the pipe had higher levels. This suggests the water must have flowed under or around the gutter in some way.

  • 3

    Elvensilvan

    Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it believes 150 liters of waste water including highly harmful strontium

    The water leaked to the sea is believed to contain 26 billion becquerels of radioactive materials, TEPCO said.

    So by doing the math, there's about 173 MILLION becquerels of radioactive materials per liter of water. If the safe level is 200 becquerels per liter, it means that the 150 liters that leaked need to be diffused with 1 million liters of water to consider the water "within safe levels". Considering that the entire ocean's capacity, these might indeed be small figures.

    But during the dilution of the contaminated water, how many rivers and beaches has it passed through? How many fishes have come into contact? How can TEPCO assure that everything is safe?

    I agree with NuckinFuts ... TEPCO seems to be leaking dangerously high levels of bull$hit.

  • -3

    Foxie

    The volume of the Pacific Ocean is approximately 622 million cubic km, so it doesn't seem to be too much of a problem then, Elevesilvan.

  • 1

    Farmboy

    The water leaked to the sea is believed to contain 26 billion becquerels of radioactive materials, TEPCO said. The company said, however, human health should not be affected even after eating sea food caught in the area for every day for one year.

    And it's remarkable that they know this when not only do they need to qualify any statement with "is believed to (contain)," but also so few measurements of the fish have been taken following the leak. And then, what if people want to eat fish for two years? Are they toast?

  • 2

    Farmboy

    The "It's a big ocean" excuse has been used a little too often in a few too many industries. It IS a big ocean, but the radiation doesn't disappear. It gets concentrated in certain areas of the environment, and then sea life feeds in those areas, and then we feed on the sea life. We have dumped every imaginable type of toxic waste into the ocean, and there is no assurance that this batch of radioactive materials is the last of it. Cumulatively, the big ocean is not big enough to contain all these poisons without some of it coming back to bite us.

  • 3

    Elvensilvan

    @Foxie

    As I said in my previous post, Considering that the entire ocean's capacity, these might indeed be small figures. But please take into consideration that it will take some time before the radioactive materials are evenly dispered.

    Also, during the diseprsion process, how many shorelines did the concentrated water pass through? How many schools of fishes have swam through the concentrated waters? How many of these fishes have and will be caught for human consumption?

    Also, please do keep in mind that according to the Pacific ocean currents passing through Japan, it just goes in a circle passing through western US Hawaii, the Philippines and others. How many of these countries rely on the ocean for food and leisure?

    I'm not saying that the amount leaked is enough to kill the ocean, or entire civilizations. But rather, how much of the earth's future can this "small amount" affect?

  • 1

    Darren Brannan

    Contamination by 'ocean snow' has been proven. Plankton, seaweed, then the whole food chain is ingesting it. They found a very high level of Cesium even in the deep waters, so 'safe' is highly debatable since we are not drinking the seawater. The fatty fish will accumulate more and so will all bottom feeders. The katsuo bonito currently in those waters will migrate to waters off Kochi and Kyushu by Spring.I would personally be very of molluscs and wakame, nori and crustaceans from anywhere between Ibaragi and Hokkaido for a good many years. And if oysters could talk they would be saying 'I'm an oyster, get me out of here!' lol As for salmon.. Forget it.

  • 0

    Charles M Burns

    Apology denied

Login to leave a comment

OR
  • African Speaking Sales manager

    African Speaking Sales manager
    JPC TRADE CO.,LTD. (株式会社JPC)、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥200,000 ~ ¥450,000 / Month Negotiable Basic Salary + Incentives
  • Recruitment / HR Generalist

    Recruitment / HR Generalist
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Program Assistant

    Program Assistant
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Portuguese Speaking Sales Manager

    Portuguese Speaking Sales Manager
    Autocom Japan (オートコムジャパン株式会社)、Kanagawa
    Salary: ¥270,000 ~ ¥800,000 / Month Commission Based
  • Interim Administrative Systems Support Lead

    Interim Administrative Systems Support Lead
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ

More in National

View all

View all