TOKYO (Reuters) - Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.
Originally posted by jrod
All big tuna caught in the North Pacific tests positive for Fukishima radiation but you won't find that in MSM and that meat is still going to the market. We will be dealing with the aftermath of Fukishima for generations.
We've been destroying this planet at an accelerating rate for centuries now and hopefully my generation and the ones to follow can get the ball rolling to revive this planet. Unfortunately those with most of the money are too greedy and only willing to invest money that will only make them wealthier at the expense of our dying planet.
The plant's operator recently admitted for the first time that radioactive water was still going into the sea.
The sight of steam rising is worrying because it means somewhere inside the reactor building water is boiling, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.
On Monday, Tepco said the plant was likely to be leaking contaminated water into the sea, something that has been suspected for some time, but previously denied by the company.
Earlier this month, a sharp increase in radioactive caesium was detected in groundwater 25 metres (82ft) from the sea.
Originally posted by Moshpet
As someone who has followed the Fukushima Disaster from pretty much day one; it's alarming.
Given that TEPCO has pretty much suppressed any information that might make it look like the plant is not 'in a controlled state'; the sudden MSM admission via TEPCO that there is a major leak ongoing, should be treated as an _understatement._
Frankly I expect that the reality of the situation is more along the lines of:
One of the reactor cores that has melted down, has reached the water table, and that the steam and heat generated by this has opened an unground free flowing path/river to the ocean.
Or something similar.
Originally posted by jrod
The average American does not even know that Fukishima melted down, they do not know that it is still leaking radioactive water into the Pacific, they do not know that elevated level of radiation are happened in the air and ocean of the West Coast of the US as a result of Fukishima.
edit on 5-8-2013 by jrod because: 123
Originally posted by tinker9917
They are now finally calling it an "emergency". I think it is probably even worse than we imagine, if they're finally going public with it.