Oil Is Now Leaking In Sea Near Fukushima

Tyler Durden's picture

Just because mega-radioactive water leakage was not enough. From Xinhua: "Operator of the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that oil has been leaking into the sea close to the facility, the Kyodo News reported Tuesday. The operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said the oil leaks were possibly from nearby oil tanks that may have been damaged in the March earthquake and tsunami, and it would set up oil fences to prevent the liquid from pouring into the Pacific Ocean." Oh, but they only discovered this now? Odd how it took nearly 3 months for those oil tanks to rupture and start spilling into the water. So in other words, not only is Godzilla coming, he will be more greased up than the Situation.


The oil leaks were found at 8 a.m. by TEPCO workers. Tokyo Electric suspects that the oil may have leaked from tanks located near the water intake for the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors or pipes that deliver the oil, because the March 11 disaster took place when a tanker was supplying oil, according to the Kyodo report.

Don't worry though, Japan says it is all good;

The leakage was reported to have remained within the breakwater. The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama said the leaks' impact on areas outside the breakwater is likely to be "extremely limited" so far.

Phew, and to think we were worred for a second that Japanese sushi would soon be coated in tar and radioactive feathers.

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augie's picture

Yawn? whats hotter than two giant greased up megalithic creatures fighting to the death? America really has become desensitized.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

It's alright! Qe3 is on the way...

Cash_is_Trash's picture

QE3 will blow the pants off TARP, TALF and all the other acryonyms with a flood of 'liquidity'.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Nothing a little stimulation can't fix.

President Palin's picture

This will be bullish for stocks...

oogs66's picture

yeah the headline can just be changed to 'Japan discovers oil' and is very bullish for them, energy independence!

Element's picture

And we can be pretty sure this is abiotic oil ...

Ted K's picture

Miss Palin!!! Miss Palin!!! (sticks a microphone in her face) eh, any news on the philandering husband or the bastard grandchild?????

Mudflap's picture


"Oil Drinker is a monster that first appeared in Ultraman Taro episode 1.

Oil Drinker first was seen attacking an oil refinery, drinking all of the oil. As the ZAT attcked him, they realized that he was the last known Chouju. Howeveer, a bigger monster, Astromons began to battle Oil Drinker."


Perhaps it is an attempt to lure Oil Drinker into eating up all the radioactive waste in a fit of binge oil consumption...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Silly Tyler. Someone just spilled their garden salad with a oil and vinaigrette dressing.

Nothing to see here, move along.

kaiserhoff's picture

Yeah, Relax Tyler.  It's not like oil burns, or turns into a radioactive slimy shit covering every once living thing on the planet..., I need a drink.

TraderMark's picture

Number of employed Americans today no higher than 1999.  QE3 me baby.


earnulf's picture

As AR15 demonstrates, the MSM is downplaying the issue.    Like everything else involving this disaster, we won't be told the truth until months down the road so that some can digest the fact that the world is going down the tubes while the overlords play their mind games with such success.    After all, it worked with announcing the reactors lost containment within 24-48 hours after the quake and they knew it all along but played dumb so as to not scare the shepple.

Nothing to see here, move along, move along

assumptionblindness's picture

Two things that we can reasonably predict will NOT be associated with TEPCO/Fukushima in the future:

1. Ebola

2. Ebidta > 0

majia's picture

I've been watching the video cam here


On the far right side there appear to be flames and heat coming up from above the shielding shrubbery...


djsmps's picture

That does look like flames. Wolf Blitzer said that Obama had bin Laden taken out.

flattrader's picture

enenews.com says a gas tank near the #4 reactor has blown up.

This too is bullish.

divide_by_zero's picture

Looks like reactor #1 radiation levels just zoomed again


A rising chart lifts all boats


mayhem_korner's picture

Real estate must be gettin' cheap over there...

Jim in MN's picture

Call and raise:


The one before the one noted on RAN Squawk was mag 5.6 and not offshore, but under eastern Honshu...there is a ton of seismic still going on...

tmosley's picture

1. Godzilla born from released radiation.

2. Baby Godzilla smothered by oil.



Cash_is_Trash's picture

Hottest new commodity:

Kobe Godzilla Veal

Pricier than Rhodium!

zebra's picture

the making of little mermaids in Japan.

bugs_'s picture

oil fences and radiation tents

oogs66's picture

Of course its bullish, they FOUND oil!  Energy independence for Japan.  No wonder Nikkei was up 2% yesterday.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Yup, big oil discovery. I'll bet that's 50 barrels/day they can burn, added to their 4.4 million bpd of consumption (which was the number BEFORE the 0.5 miles/gallon bulldozers started pushing debris to and fro).


connda's picture

"Take your eye's off of the radiation -- Look at the oil!!

"Take your eye's off of the radiation -- Look at the oil!!

"Take your eye's off of the radiation -- Look at the oil!!

Stormdancer's picture

That was my take on it too.  Look at a few thousand gallons of oil and forget about the petabequerels of radioactive water about to get added to the terabequerels already released.

They've got the "mega-float" on site so there's another ten thousand tonnes of storage capacity ready, but with all the pumping they've done so far, water levels are rising faster than they're pumping.  The rain from the remnants of the cyclone will probably start the overflow into the sea.

The water is making some necessary work impossible and they're no closer to controlling it than they were at the beginning.

davepowers's picture

I do believe that this is the first report of non radioactive contamination in japan as a result of the earthquake/tsunami. Anywhere in Japan.

The amount of oil/gas/chemicals/and general crud released into the environment by the zillion cars/refineries/factories/buildings/houses in the path of the water must make the resulting ruins all along the coast a cesspool of poison, radiation aside. 

Yet, up to now, I've yet to see a single report in the media mentioning this. And I've been trying to keep up w/what's going on over there. Simply amazing.

Use of Weapons's picture

You're not looking hard enough. Oh. Wait. MSM?

You're trolling, right?




For example, there’s now a flotsam island some 70 miles long floating out into the Pacific, made up of houses, and plastics, bodies and cars, polluting as it goes, and creating dangerous hazards in the shipping lanes.  The U.S. Navy’s 7th fleet is keeping an eye on this latest mess, and describes that it covers more than 2.2 million square feet of ocean surface.



Congress briefing focusing on food safety (no mention of cucumbers...)



There's some patter out there over this, but at the moment, it all comes under the heading of "Well, if its radioactive, who gives a fuck if its also covered in oil".



Yes, I'm aware the first link goes to Suna Wong's school project. Suna, whoever she is, is a better thinker than 99% of the MSM, for which she should garner a scholarship. Here's hoping she got an A+.


In a truely epic piece of irony, Suna's teacher is a trans-sexual warrior queen.

Olivia is often connected to the net from her PC-linux system, Sappho, which she named in honour of the world's first real poet [you meant Lesbian]. She serves her TStar service to the web from her systems, transsexy [!] and Boadicea [Yeah, yeah, we get it already Bob], named in honour of the great Queen of the Iceni Celts.   Now having purchased a laptop for travelling light and fast, she has named it in honour of Phoolan Devi, India's Bandit Queen [treated awefully by men until she snapped & gave the shit back].


I love the web! Suna, don't worry, yes, your teacher does have an adam's apple.

davepowers's picture

getting a scholarship from the MSM would probably be the ruin of Ms. Wong, or at least the quality of her thinking.

Use of Weapons's picture

I was aiming for a scholarship somewhere decent.


Not an American University, obviously, I don't want to saddle her with unmanageable debts.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

ain't nobody gonna clean up this spill in this marina! 

maybe somebody should just fire up a lead tanker truck and haul that oil outa there... 

Yen Cross's picture

As usual Slewie. nothing going on.

nah's picture

the more goup spills into the ocean the less nations matter... this isnt a global catastrophe its a media success


along with king willyam and libya... its US global stratagy

fuu's picture

They can just burn the oil off with the MOX lava!

Yen Cross's picture

 I try to listen to your thoughts! You are . Well, just not PALITIBLE!

The Architect's picture

Hmmm... The term "Cluster F***" comes to mind...

hannah's picture

i am not allowed to say this on the forum but jesus we have some stupid people here...this has nothing to do with spilled oil. this is an indication of limits being reached. japan has qe'd for 25 years. its corporations have faked profits for 25 years....the fact that oil has leaked means they cant or wont fix it because they are up to their ass in problems.


japan id just f##ked......wait til the american qe stalls because of whatever black swan and we finally have to just stop paying state bailouts and medicare payments.


bang bang bang.....wouldnt want to own a nike shoe store in the ghetto.

Grifter's picture

This is an unfortunate turn of events, cheezus Japan just can't seem to catch a break.  That said, Tyler's

not only is Godzilla coming, he will be more greased up than the Situation.

made me think of this classic Simpsons moment.


PulauHantu29's picture

Who built these reactors. They sound rather crappy.

fuu's picture

General Electric circa 1972. I am sure someone will say that GE just designed it, TEPCO built it etc.

GE also built the Monticello nuke plant in Monticello, MN back in 1972. Same design even. Same fuel rods in a tank above the reactor. Built on the Minnesota River though so not as bad as on the Pacific Ocean, unless you live down river on the Mississippi.

Yen Cross's picture

  You were a spot on your mothers leg in 72. Argue that!

fuu's picture

Uhh ok. I was a spot on my mother's leg in 1972. No I wasn't. Yes I was.