Nuclear waste overflowing into Pacific Ocean at Fukushima

TV: Nuclear waste overflowing into Pacific Ocean at Fukushima — Officials: Impossible to stop the spill anytime soon — Torrential rainfall from approaching typhoon already too much for plant to handle (ENENews, July 16, 2015):

NHK, Jul. 16, 2015 (emphasis added): Radioactive water from Fukushima plant escapes — The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found that radioactive water has overflowed from a drainage channel, spilling into the sea. This is due to heavy rain… samples taken from the channel about 2 hours later contained 830 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium [and] 1,100 becquerels of beta-ray emitting radioactive substances. An approaching typhoon has been bringing intermittent heavy rain around the plant. The utility suspects that the rain has washed away mud and soil that also contains radioactive materials. It also presumes the amount of rainwater has exceeded the pump’s capacity. The leak was continuing as of 5 PM. But the firm says it cannot stop the spill anytime soon

NHK, Jul 16, 2015: Severe tropical storm Nangka is bringing strong winds and torrential rainfall to wide areas… As of 5 AM Friday, about 360,000 people from 9 prefectures were advised to find alternate shelter…  The meteorological agency warns of further torrential rainfall, landslides and flooding, as well as tidal waves.

NHK transcript excerpts, Jul 16, 2015: In some areas more than 500 mm of rain has been reported since Thursday… The severe tropical storm remains large and intense… Officials at the Japan Meteorological Agency warn of further torrential rain throughout the nation.

Kyodo, Jul 16, 2015: Typhoon Nangka was described as particularly slow-moving, the kind of storm that can wreak most damage… On Thursday parts of the country were already suffering from heavy rain, with Kawauchi village in Fukushima Prefecture recording 77.5 mm per hour [over 3 inches/hr] in the morning…

Watch NHK’s Japanese broadcast about the radioactive spill here

1 thought on “Nuclear waste overflowing into Pacific Ocean at Fukushima”

  1. The biggest and most important story of our lives, yet corporate media keeps it silent.

    Greedy guts are building underground condos complete with indoor pools.
    Who would want to live like a mole?

    I am ill, and have an illness that is in the process of taking my life, and I am grateful I don’t have to face a radioactive death……………Isn’t that a dark gratitude? Better a dark on than none at all.


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