Fukushima Has Massive Leak of Contaminated Water
And Japan is considering an ice wall to fix it
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
Workers wearing protective gears take a survey near tanks of radiation contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, March 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Issei Kato, Pool, File)

(Newser) – The Fukushima Dai-ichi nightmare just got even more nightmarish. A storage tank at the devastated nuclear plant has sprung a leak, spilling out roughly 300 tons of contaminated water, Reuters reports. And by contaminated, we mean that standing within a couple feet of it for an hour would give a worker five times the annual upper limit on radiation exposure. "We failed to discover the leak at an early stage," a Tepco official says, which means the monitoring system needs to be checked as well.

The ongoing breach comes on top of the the groundwater leaks officials already knew about. To deal with those leaks, officials have devised an ambitious plan to freeze the soil around the plant into a massive wall of ice, National Geographic reports. Refrigerators like those used to cool hockey rinks would pump coolant through tubes built vertically into the ground. "There is no precedent in the world to create a water-shielding wall ... on such a large scale," Japan's chief Cabinet secretary said yesterday, according to the Japan Times.

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iq145
Aug 20, 2013 8:31 PM CDT
"A news report says Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and instruction manuals from elsewhere and borrow equipment from a contractor. The report, released by operator Tokyo Electric Co, is based on interviews of workers and plant data. It portrays chaos in a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful battle to protect the Fukushima plant from meltdown, and shows that workers struggled with unfamiliar equipment." ap.org/ "Scientists have found traces of radioactivity in fish off the California coast that migrated from the waters off of Japan, site of the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster of 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The researchers say the evidence is unequivocal. The young tuna were found to be contaminated with two radioactive forms of the element cesium from Fukushima." http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/05/radioactive-traces-from-japanese-reactor-found-in-fish-off-california/1 "Japanese whalers caught 2 animals along the northern coast that had traces of radiation from leaks at a damaged nuclear power plant, officials said. 2 of 17 minke whales caught off the Pacific coast of Hokkaido showed traces of radioactive cesium, both about 1/20th of the legal limit, fisheries officials said. They are the first whales thought to have been affected by radiation leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant since it was hit by a 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami." nhjournal.com
CentristIntelligence
Aug 20, 2013 5:48 PM CDT
This catastrophe is a sleeping giant, that is about to be woken from a long 2 year nap. Further reading tells us that this situation is about one mishap away from a worldwide disaster. There is news now saying that the esophegal cancer their CEO died from was in FACT directly related to to time spent at the plant. Studies have shown increases in thyroid problems in children in japan and most experts watching this subject are already saying they've seen signs of increases in the US as well. WHYYYY is NONE of the MSM reporting on this??? (We all know why...the question is asked sacastically rhetorical) Preparation for this disaster long term should be seriously considered. Acid rain, toxic water sources, contaminated soil and crops, livestock and more are just some of the ongoing problems our country is going to face because of this, and we are not even thinking what could happen globally if those rods fail. CNM...Complete. Nuclear. Meltdown...is still a very real possibility. Now I know why the more wealthy want to go to space so badly...real estate up there has got to be poppin by now. http://rt.com/news/fukushima-sea-radiation-highest-686/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/20/fukushima-tepco-admit-contaminated-water-has-leaked-into-the-pacific/ http://www.salon.com/2013/08/20/the_fukushima_leak_is_officially_out_of_control/ http://rt.com/news/fukushima-apocalypse-fuel-removal-598/
mehrheit
Aug 20, 2013 1:48 PM CDT
Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (/study it out)