[9:30 p.m. Monday ET, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] High levels of radioactive substances have been found in seawater near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday. Levels of iodine-131 in the seawater were 126.7 times higher than government-set standards, the electric company said on its website. Its monitors detected caesium-134, which has a half-life of about two years, about 24.8 times higher than the government standards. Cesium-137 was found to be 16.5 times higher than the standard. The electric company detected these levels in seawater 100 meters (328 feet) south of the nuclear power plant Monday afternoon. Radioactive particles disperse in the ocean, and the farther away from the shore a sample is taken, the less concentrated the contamination should be. Because of the huge amount of dilution that happens in the ocean, there's not much chance of deep-water fish being tainted, said Murray McBride, a professor at Cornell University, who studies crop and soil sciences.
Originally posted by lonegurkha
Like most everyone I have been watching the nuke plant in Japan very closely.I have noticed that they have been pouring huge volumes of water into the buildings that house the reactors. I realize that they are doing this to cool the reactors.Clearly some of this water comes off as steam,but I would think that it is only a small amount.
If the containment is breached or the area where they store the spent fuel rods are exposed wouldn't that water now be contaminated and itself be radioactive?
Now for my question......Where does the water that doesn't come off as steam go? Just how much water can a destroyed building hold? Is it going to ground water as in the local water table? Is it running to the sea?
What do you think?