Workers checking 300 water tanks for more leaks at Fukushima plant

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    BertieWooster

    The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 is the only other incident to have been given the most serious ranking.

    There are several differences that make the Fukushima situation much more dangerous:

    *The population density in the Fukushima area (close to Tokyo) is much, much greater.

    *Chernobyl is inland, a long way from any ocean.

    *The Fukushima reactor is situated in an area that is seismically very active.

    *The area around Chernobyl is seismically stable.

    One large earthquake, a slip while removing the nuclear rods, or just another "oops, sorry!" and the whole lot goes up and this becomes a global, not a national problem.

    Why are so many people's lives endangered just because of the greed of a few people?

  • 5

    Nipporinoel

    Bring out the old chewing gum, duct tape and rubber bands.

    Offal.

  • 5

    Jimizo

    'Duct tape and rubber bands' No doubt a TEPCO employee is on his way round to the ¥100 shop as we speak.

  • 3

    Get Real

    ..the plant was declared to be in a “state of cold shutdown”—effectively indicating it was under control at the end of 2011.

    Pull the other one!

  • 3

    Cricky

    Oh my god! Pathetic it's worse and going to get even more worse.

  • 1

    Farmboy

    In the picture, it looks like the metal in the tank is rather thin, and needs paint. A thin piece of metal next to the ground is evidently meant to be some kind of barrier. Tell Bubba to be careful with the forklift.

  • 2

    natsu823

    Heaven forbid another big quake

  • 3

    FizzBit

    Wow, the MSM in the States is really picking up on this story now. FOX News, Bloomberg and the New York Times in just two days. Homeland Security must have finished their ammo stockpiling and given them the go-ahead.

  • 6

    NZ2011

    Either their PR is very poor, or they are really just running around like crazy people up there.

    Workers rush around on Thursday to check for leaks?? Even publically we have known something has been going on for at least a week.... And aren't they checking these tanks daily anyway?

    Its just depressing.. I love this place so much but the people with the power here seem determined to run it into the ground.

  • 4

    edojin

    Seeing the many tanks on TV is breathtaking. These have accumulated in only a little over two years at the site. And they are still adding more. And the entire site is expanding as more and more radiation-filled stuff is stored there. There seems to be no end in sight. And they say it will take 40 years to get rid of everything. In 40 years' time that radiated backyard will be stretched all the way to the other side of Honshu.

    In the meantime we'll be continually told that there are leaks here and there. And not to worry as TEPCO & company are taking care of the mess.

    Time does not appear to be in our favor.

    Surely there must be some experts somewhere out there in the world who can be brought in to figure out how to stop this nonsense.

  • 5

    GameOn

    The only good thing coming out of this is its getting more international attention now, which will mean more potential embarrassment for japan, which will mean the gov. actually might think about doing something instead of relying on tepco..

  • 1

    Rhino

    Terrible!

  • 1

    YongYang

    As MANY of us have been calling from Day Zero... this absolutely demands an international response.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23779561

    Come on Japan. Get some help. We ALL need you to do that YESTERDAY. x

  • -1

    Funnybonesup

    Put the water in old tankers and sail them to the South Pole. Ship smaller containers far inland to a blind valley and stack them and let them freeze into a block of ice. That should hold it solid for 240,000 years or however long it takes for the stuff to stabilise.

  • 0

    Rhino

    This is terrible!

  • 3

    Peter Shaw

    The lack of urgency in Fukushima is staggering, should another large earthquake strike that region - and lets face it one probably will over the next few years, it'll be game over for japan. The corporate cover ups and the orchestrated media coverage is doing nothing to help the people in japan come to terms with the desperate situation they are in.

    As a regular visitor to these shores, i can only hope someone intervenes and takes tepco out of the loop.

  • 2

    globalwatcher

    GameOnAug. 22, 2013 - 07:34PM JST

    The only good thing coming out of this is its getting more international attention now, which will mean more potential embarrassment for japan, which will mean the gov. actually might think about doing something instead of relying on tepco..

    Potential embarrassment? . That's should be the last one on the list. How about potential danger to your life?

  • 1

    Rhino

    Isn't it terrible?

    I feel so sorry for the people in Fukushima and surroundings.

    The sea water is polluted. The ground water is polluted. The air is polluted.

    Unfortunately, one can not eat the money Tepco was paying to the city before the accident.

  • 5

    billyshears

    If you are living in Japan, you should read today's story from the bbc (link below). Or maybe you shouldn't (ignorance is bliss!!).

    The "worsening situation" at Fukushima has prompted a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland to call for the withdrawal of Tokyo's Olympic bid. In a letter to the UN secretary general, Mitsuhei Murata says the official radiation figures published by Tepco cannot be trusted. He says he is extremely worried about the lack of a sense of crisis in Japan and abroad. This view is shared by Mycle Schneider, an independent consultant who has previously advised the French and German governments, who is calling for an international taskforce for Fukushima. "The Japanese have a problem asking for help. It is a big mistake; they badly need it."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23779561

  • 9

    daito_hak

    @billyshears

    Thanks for the link, I totally agree with what is said there.

    But you know people what's incredible in all this debacle? This is how the majority of the Japanese population is in denial here. I tried to bring the matter to people around me but they just escape the discussion either by ignorance or often because they don't want to hear about it. This Fukushima disaster has became a sort of taboo, people don't want to hear about negative things regarding the area there. Everything should appear positive. Everyone is ganbatteru in Fukushima we are told. So the best I hear is musukashi hanashi or even people saying shoganai. Even after living for eleven years here, I find shocking how people have lost sense of discussion, communication and even rationality. All of this is not rational any more, it in fact defies rational people.

    Furthermore the population has voted and gave full power to the LDP, the crazy politicians and bureaucrats who are responsible for all this mess, having organized corruptions, lies, covers up in the nuclear industry for 40 years. People have gave them all power, and more than the previous government, Abe and his oyagies don't want the situation to appear bad because that would go against their financial interests. This means that's we are going towards more cover up of what is really happening than anything else.

    Yes the Japanese have put them in full power, nothing is going rational in the mind of this population any more.

  • 0

    globalwatcher

    He says he is extremely worried about the lack of a sense of crisis in Japan and abroad.

    There have been many media exposures on his topic in US while I see no media exposures on this topic except JT in Japan.
    I think JT has been doing a good job on Fukushima Nuke leaks.

    I do not think most people in Japan have not been told the truth as always.

  • 1

    daito_hak

    And now this

    "Rate of radioactive flow to Pacific alarming"

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/22/national/rate-of-radioactive-flow-to-pacific-alarming/#.UhYmKMsayK0

    TEPCO estimates are 30 trillion becquerels since May 2011. Ok let's say it's at least an order of magnitude higher than that.

  • 2

    gelendestrasse

    should another large earthquake strike that region - and lets face it one probably will over the next few years, it'll be game over...

    I do wonder if the tanks have been built well enough to withstand an earthquake. If they are leaking I guess not.

  • 0

    globalwatcher

    daito_hakAug. 22, 2013 - 11:22PM JST

    Even after living for eleven years here, I find shocking how people have lost sense of discussion, communication and even rationality. All of this is not rational any more, it in fact defies rational people.

    Your observation is pretty accurate to describe what's in their mind

    I was there right after the disaster for the mission. As a matter of fact, one obaachan came up to me saying with her sad face saying, "You American can go home, but I have no place to go, I am stuck here, so I do not want to hear anything more. I am very helpless. Shooganai. thank you for your help." That experience with her changed my attitude forever when it comes to this topic.

    Furthermore the population has voted and gave full power to the LDP

    And they will restart nuke plants.

  • 1

    Lizz

    should another large earthquake strike that region - and lets face it one probably will over the next few years, it'll be game over...

    In the case of a moderately severe quake, a fire, the ground continues sinking and structures collapse or the cooling pool dries up before the fuel rods are removed certainly it could be a disaster of unprecedented magnitude. In the case of radioactive combustion most of Northern Japan could be uninhabitable but I don't think leaking water alone is going to bring the country to its knees.

  • 4

    Francis Urquhart

    Even after living for eleven years here, I find shocking how people have lost sense of discussion, communication and even rationality. All of this is not rational any more, it in fact defies rational people.

    I'd been living in Japan longer than that when the tsunami hit, and I was just as baffled that noone wanted to talk about it. I was referring mainly to the tsunami at the time, and living in the south no a million miles away from Osaka, but the whole thing seemed to be a taboo subject. I couldn't get my head round it at all, but it seemed to be a cultural requirement that nobody should talk about the disaster.

  • 1

    Cricky

    BBC reporting a growing sence of concern internationally. A mistrust of reports and the refusal of any help while things have gotten well out of hand. November they TEPCO will try to remove fuel rods, at every stage a potential disaster. At every stage, from beginning to now everything TEPCO have done has exasperated this disaster. That will not change.

  • 0

    Francis Urquhart

    I do wonder if the tanks have been built well enough to withstand an earthquake. If they are leaking I guess not.

    You could put money on it and it would be a pretty safe bet.

    Looking at the overhead pictures on that BBC link, I am somewhat shocked by the number of water tanks being built as time goes by. I take it this water isn't going anywhere or being reused, so the whole area around the plant is set to become a city of water tanks.

    I know practicality needs to be taken into account, but those water tanks have all been built very close to the sea. If another giant tsunami should hit, are those tanks not in a prime position to be wrecked by the unforgiving power of the wave? Their placement looks very unwise...but why break the habits of a lifetime?

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