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“Ultimate, worst-case scenario” underway at #Fukushima? New York Times: Experts suspect intense contamination is seeping out from under melted-down reactors and into Pacific — Will surpass even the leaks from disaster’s early days
Published: August 24th, 2013 at 6:23 am ET
Title: Nuclear Operator Raises Alarm on Crisis
Source: NY Times
Author: HIROKO TABUCHI
Date: August 23, 2013
Experts have said they suspect that more contaminated water is seeping out from under the melted-down reactors into the groundwater and the Pacific. Elevated levels of radioactive cesium in surrounding waters seem to confirm those suspicions.
#Tepco has said those leaks are not directly from beneath the reactors, but from maintenance tunnels that run along the coast and remain contaminated from the early days of the disaster.
But it also acknowledges that the water beneath the reactors is extremely contaminated, and experts say that if it does get into the ocean, it will surpass even the leaks that occurred in the disaster’s early days. (Study: Up to 47 quadrillion becquerels of #cesium-137 released into Pacific from Fukushima)
“That prospect scares me,” Michio Aoyama, a senior scientist in the Oceanography and Geochemistry Research Department at the government-affiliated Meteorological Research Institute, said in an interview this month.
“It’s the ultimate, worst-case scenario,” Professor Aoyama said.
From Yesterday: AP: Experts fear giant underground reservoir of extremely contaminated water on verge of entering Pacific at Fukushima -- In contact with melted nuclear fuel? A race against the clock -- Nobody knows when this will endSee also: Wall St. Journal: They don't know where Fukushima's melted fuel cores are, or in what state -- Expert: "It's important to think of #worst-casescenario"... Even greater levels of contamination may be on the way -- Plant "built on a river"
Lawmaker: Declare ‘State of Emergency’ right away and intervene at Fukushima — Japan Professor: Issue S.O.S. now, it’s really an emergency… Gov’t is utterly lost, international help is needed »
In this Wednesday, June 12, 2013 file photo, a construction worker walks beside the underground water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura, Pool)
Title: Fukushima nuclear plant leaks: What you need to know
Source: CTV News
Date: Aug 23, 2013
What are the potential risks to people worldwide?
According to [Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education], who says this is the last year he’s eating west coast fish, the deluge of toxic water into the Pacific has already contaminated the ocean.
He says that halfway across the Pacific, scientists are measuring cesium levels that are 10 times higher than normal. [...]
“Of course, scientists will say that is still a low level but it’s such a big ocean and there are so many organisms that rely on it… so it’s a concern and it’s a concern that’s getting worse because the plant continues to leak.”
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But according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the director of public health emergency management for the B.C. Centres for Disease Control, the size of the ocean creates a dilution effect, protecting humans not immediately in the plant’s area from any health risks.Related:
“The dilution factor and time factor means that there are no concerns of health risks in B.C.,” said Dr. Henry.
She added that the Pacific salmon that’s commonly eaten in Canada are not exposed to the contaminated water from the crippled Dai-ichi plant because its migratory pattern doesn’t include the waters near Japan. [...]
From Today: TV: "Fish and water have shown signs of Fukushima contamination" in U.S. Northwest -- Officials to start radiation testing due to news from Japan -- NOAA: Nuclear plant leaks "a surprise to everybody, we weren't aware of it" (VIDEO)
Emergency at U.S. Nuclear Site: Gov’t activated alert, workers ordered to ‘take-cover’ — Several hospitalized — Ex-employee: “Stuff goes on all the time we don’t know about, it’s scary” — Governor: No ‘immediate’ health hazard (VIDEO) #Hanford | enenews.com
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 11:04 AM PDT
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