Fukushima Groundwater Radiation Level Jumps Several Dozen Times In One Week, More Measurement Devices "Fail"

Tyler Durden's picture

TEPCO continues to be stuck between a rock and a liquid place. Following recent efforts to stop the spillage of radioactive water into the ocean, the pseudo-nationalized utility is now experiencing the aftermath of radioactive water retention. From Kyodo: "The concentration levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in groundwater
near the troubled Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant have increased up to several dozen times in one
week, suggesting that toxic water has seeped from nearby reactor turbine
buildings or elsewhere, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday. According to the latest findings, a groundwater sample taken April 6
near the No. 1 reactor turbine building showed radioactive iodine-131 of
72 becquerels per cubic meter, with the concentration level growing to
400 becquerels as of Wednesday. The concentration level of cesium-134
increased from 1.4 becquerels to 53 becquerels.
" Conventional thought is that this is due to contaminated water used to cool down overheating reactors: "A total of around 60,000 tons of contaminated water is believed to be flooding the basements of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactor turbine buildings as well as trenches connected to them, and the water is hampering work to restore the cooling functions of the reactors lost since the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami." Yet the most troubling news once again comes from the plutonium containing Reactor 3 where the temperature rose suddenly. Not to worry though: "TEPCO officials said the data were likely due to a glitch in a measuring instrument." And with that we have another data reader which indicates unpleasant information being thrown away (this follows the halt of readings from the Drywell radiation counter in Reactor 1 following a reported surge).

On the spike in radioactive groundwater.

TEPCO pumped out around 660 tons of highly radioactive water Tuesday and Wednesday from one of the trenches to a ''condenser'' inside the nearby No. 2 reactor turbine building, where during normal operation steam from the reactor is converted into water.

But the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the water level in the vertical part of the trench as of 11 a.m. Thursday had increased by about 4.5 centimeters from the level observed at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The level of the water is now only 1.5 centimeters lower than shortly before the water-transfer mission started at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday.

And on what happens when deteriorating data breaks the norm:

Meanwhile, concern grew over the state of the No. 3 reactor at one point, as the agency said in the afternoon that the temperature of part of its reactor pressure vessel was found to be rising suddenly.

But TEPCO officials said the data were likely due to a glitch in a measuring instrument, because other temperature data related to the vessel has not shown a similar rise.


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Ancona's picture

Tokyo will not be around for much longer as the center of finance and business. They had better start looking for somewhere to put those 31 million people before they start glowing in the dark.

This disaster is far from over.

Global Hunter's picture

enenews.com reports from Sofia news agency of Bulgaria that they're considering moving the capital from Tokyo.  I couldn't find it anywhere else though so take it with a grain of salt, but it wouldn't surprise me if they start leaking the idea a few months ahead of the official announcement to soften people up for the blow.

Popo's picture

Something tells me ITAR/TASS doesn't know the difference between "capital" and "capitol". 

Then again, apparently neither do you ;)

slumgullion's picture

Tokyo without its capital would be okyo. Or it might have no yen.

To be fair though, lots of online dictionaries get this one wrong.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

As my English professor always told us...."Go look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls".

Herman Strandschnecke's picture

'a little comedic relief...


Thanks but don't click on this if you have a coin-operated PC.

Prof Gulliver's picture

Uh, no, actually he's right. "Capital" is the city; "capitol" is the actual building where the legislators meet. Although a few more aftershocks, and maybe the capitol will move by itself to a new city.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Karl Denninger said that the only thing lower than the real rate of inflation would be the Fukushima radiation and its adverse environmental impact.

Ruffcut's picture

Dumbinger said what? The only thing lower than the rate of inflation is his IQ.

Fuktard supreme, he be. I think he is putting his hat into the ring for a gubbermint shill job, unless he has been doing it already.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

They'll move the capital, then later they'll move the capitol.

rocker's picture

But their stocks are going up.  Godman Shafts at work again doing God's work.  What a joke.

TruthInSunshine's picture

It's BOJ interventionism on triple-prime steroids.

They are going to print their way into the holy land of cheap exports, or so they believe, once again.

In the interim, take each piece of cotton fiber stock certificate traded on the Nikkei, one Ginsu knife, and slice into hundreds of pieces of ribbon-like confetti.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

LOL.  Anyone want to hold yen?

Japan is going to be like the Harlem Globetrotters soon.  Every game is an away game.  Maybe countries could take turns hosting Tokyo and the Japanese government.

Broker NotBroke's picture

It's still purple and blue...that means we're ok right?

/sarc (mostly)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

We are all riding the Fukushima Express now, I guess.

Sounds like an illegal drug or a bad acid trip. Of course I wouldn't know anything about that.

Cdad's picture


What's the problem here?  Not sure I understand.  And clearly you have not heard.  Duncan donuts coming to an IPO near you.  Surely, the "all clear" sign.

Let's turn that margin account frown upside down....K?

/sar off...will someone please stab me in the head?....?/sarc on


Lapri's picture

Talk of moving the capitol resurfaces every decade or so ever since late 1950s.One of the most recent recommenations included Fukushima as a new location for the capitol. Brilliant.

Dane Bramage's picture

Indeed.  Long radiation refugees.

carbonmutant's picture

 ITAR-TASS is reporting Japan is "mulling moving the capitol from Tokyo" to possibly Osaka or Nagoya due to rising radiation levels.


Global Hunter's picture

The article quotes the source as ITAR-TASS but I can't actually find the original source article.

carbonmutant's picture

This following statement appears to have been edited from the English version of this ITAR-TASS article.

Six-point quake hits Japan’s eastern coast


"Japanese deputies further announced that two new capital cities might be designed, because of the risk of the severe consequences of future natural disasters in Tokyo. The possible locations of the new capitals might be the in the areas of the national airports of Nagoya and Osaka.

Meanwhile the government announced the broadening of the critical area around Fukushima-1 nuclear power station that will require the evacuation of the residents."

MassDecep's picture


Check out some of the headlines from California. People are getting sick from the rediation fallout there.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

No way you are moving California to my town.  No way.

NOPOMO's picture

If you don't like the data....just throw it away.  Banks do it, Governments doing it, we are all doing it....extend and pretend on steroids. 

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Must be why Japan is trading up.

Multiple china syndromes are the new bull market.

aVian's picture

dinninger thinks everything is fine BTFD

plocequ1's picture

I read that too. Is telling it the way it tiz is considered junk? 

Piranhanoia's picture

Poor guy is challenged by the third dimension and ignorant of the fourth.

acrabbe's picture

denninger is too smart for his own good. don't misunderstand me here. he's smart enough to sort of know what he's talking about, but he's not smart enough to know when he doesn't know ANYTHING about what he's talking about. And he's too stubborn to admit when he's wrong. These are not traits becoming one who exposing himself publicly to others. You are opening yourself up to ridicule and derision. Especially when you are a flamingly hateful racist.

Case in point, his views on inflation vs deflation and the commodity trade. The guy has been bearish on gold since 700. I stopped visiting his site long ago...

Kobe Beef's picture

I agree, and have also stopped reading Denninger. But I always did enjoy his "Where are all the Damn Cops" postings right after the Lehman Crash.

VisualCSharp's picture

I think Karl is simply unwilling to accept that, sometimes, people are irrational, and nothing any one person can do can change that. Consider it the primary failing of his no-doubt ENTJ Myers-Briggs personality.

Cdad's picture

 in the afternoon that the temperature of part of its reactor pressure vessel was found to be rising suddenly.

Well, at least we have that going for us.

High Plains Drifter's picture


it is time , I think, for japan to start thinking seriously about mass evacuations of the entire island........Lord knows where they will go.

Race Car Driver's picture

How about all those empty cities in China - and all the ghost towns in SoCal's Inland Empire?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Japanada?  New Zeajapan?  Phillapan?

HedgeCock's picture

Detroit!!  LOL!  You're going to get people to actually brave the radiation and stay in Tokyo with that suggestion...um, threat.  

Tsunami Effect's picture

Tyler, would you please post in a convenient place on this site a list of reliable sources for radiation levels both here and japan, experts you think are credible and other useful links for us to follow? 

ZH has been the best source of information on this ongoing disaster, but its really hard to keep up with just raw information from reliable sources (if they even exist).

flattrader's picture

Good link to monitor global flow of radiation coming out of Japan.


Updated daily.

As I've crawled around the web, I've learned that some of the sites don't update regularly.

In some cases, data regarding differnt kinds of radiation is hard to come by for modeling and reporting...either by design or incompetence on the part of the Japanese...or some other party.


Corduroy's picture

The "other temperature data" referred to is actually the last temperature showing on the monitors that broke when the tsunami hit....

aerial view's picture

Mindboggling that with all of our great technology to blow up and destroy things, we seem to be impotent when it comes to fixing them.

NotApplicable's picture

What's truly mindboggling is the expectation that criminals have the desire, let alone the ability to provide useful goods and services. Instead they terrorize and steal.

VisualCSharp's picture

The real problem is humans' seeming unwillingness to accept that things can and will go wrong. We lull ourselves into a false sense of security by thinking we've covered every angle and eventuality. We don't seem to have it in us as a race to accept that shit happens.