TEPCO Admits To Another Cover Up As Radioactivity In Seawater Near Fukushima Soars To 1,251 Above Legal Limit

Tyler Durden's picture

The latest news out of Fukushima confirms fears that irradiated water containment at the radioactive plant has been complete breached, after Radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration 1,250.8 times the legal limit was detected Friday morning in a seawater sample taken around 330 meters south of the plant, near the drainage outlets of the four troubled reactors, the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Saturday. As Kyodo updates: "The level rose to its highest so far in the survey begun this week,
after remaining around levels about 100 times the legal limit. It is
highly likely that radioactive water in the plant has found its way into
the sea, TEPCO said." It's all good though: the government has a prepared strawman for this unprecedented surge in radioactivity as well."Radioactive materials ''will be significantly diluted'' by the time they are consumed by marine species, the agency said, adding it would not have a significant impact on fishery products as fishing is not being conducted in the area within 20 kilometers of the plant because the government has issued a directive for residents in the zone to evacuate." But none of this matter as we get the latest confirmation that no news coming out of the stricken plant can be trusted: "TEPCO's Fukushima office acknowledged Saturday that it had known earlier that the radiation in the underground level of the turbine building of one of the reactors was extremely high, but had not made the information available to pertinent parties."

From Reuters: " Officials said iodine 131 levels in seawater 30 km (19 miles) from the coastal nuclear complex were within acceptable limits established by regulations and the contamination posed little risk to aquatic life. "Ocean currents will disperse radiation particles and so it will be very diluted by the time it gets consumed by fish and seaweed," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a senior official from Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. Despite that reassurance, the disclosure may well heighten international concern over Japanese seafood exports. Several countries have already banned milk and produce from areas around the Fukushima Daiichi plant, while others have been monitoring Japanese seafood." So fear not - instead of having 10 fins, that yummy piece of toro you are injesting will sport only a substantially "diluted" 5. Also, expect to see Kan eating seaweed and sashimi,  and washing it down with radioactive tap water on TV any minute to prove just how safe everything really is.

More from Kyodo:

The level rose to its highest so far in the survey begun this week, after remaining around levels about 100 times the legal limit. It is highly likely that radioactive water in the plant has found its way into the sea, TEPCO said.

Radioactive materials ''will be significantly diluted'' by the time they are consumed by marine species, the agency said, adding it would not have a significant impact on fishery products as fishing is not being conducted in the area within 20 kilometers of the plant because the government has issued a directive for residents in the zone to evacuate.

TEPCO is planning to inject fresh water into pools storing the spent nuclear fuel at the plant to prevent crystallized salt from seawater already injected from hampering the smooth circulation of water and thus diminishing the cooling effect. It has begun injecting fresh water into the reactor containers of the No. 1 and No. 3 as well as No. 2 reactors.

At the same time, the company is trying to remove the pools of water containing highly concentrated radioactive substances that may have seeped from either the reactor cores or the spent fuel pools.

On Thursday, three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level at the turbine building connected to the No. 3 reactor building.

On Friday, a pool of water with a similarly high concentration of radioactive materials was found in the No. 1 reactor's turbine building, causing some restoration work to be suspended.

Similar pools of water were also found in the turbine buildings of the No. 2 and No. 4 reactors, measuring up to 1 meter and 80 centimeters deep, respectively. Those near the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors were up to 40 cm and 1.5 meters deep, respectively.

And the most dramatic example of strategic idiocy: all the hoopla about dumping tons of water on the reactors will now have to be undone:

While analyzing the radioactivity levels of the pools from the water found in the No. 2 and No. 4 reactors, TEPCO will remove the water in all four reactor units to reduce the risk of more workers being exposed to radioactive substances, it said.

The risk would hinder efforts to restore the plant's crippled cooling functions, which are crucial to overcoming the crisis, the government's nuclear safety agency said.

But the most infuriating development is the latest disclosure from TEPCO that once again it covered up critical data.

TEPCO's Fukushima office acknowledged Saturday that it had known earlier that the radiation in the underground level of the turbine building of one of the reactors was extremely high, but had not made the information available to pertinent parties.

Edano criticized the utility's handling of the data, saying unless it reports necessary information to authorities in a timely manner, ''the government will not be able to give appropriate instructions and (TEPCO) will make workers, and eventually the public, distrustful'' of the firm.

So aside from the constant lies and misinformation, the public can be assued that all is well.

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Golden monkey's picture

Fuckin con men are everywhere now.

A Man without Qualities's picture

Yes, the propaganda is flowing from everywhere.  This article on the BBC made me want to hunt down the author and kick him in the testicles very hard.  I wonder how much research funding he gets from the nuclear industry?


The other comment was that the Iodine was ok, because "the radiation will no longer be a risk after eight days, officials say".  Total cunts, how stupid do they think we are?

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

No doubt. How could a Russian ship pull into port in Russia last Wednesday and get put into quarantine if levels at sea are acceptable. I doubt that ship was cursing anywhere near a 19 mile radius. The crew was Russian and I'm sure they remember their history.

"Russia checks ship after radiation found
Posted Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:28pm AEDT
Russia is checking a cargo ship that arrived in its Far East with radiation levels three times the norm after passing close to Japan's quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant."


herewego...'s picture

Yawn. From your MSM article:

"However officials have insisted there is no sign of radiation in the region exceeding normal levels, a position reaffirmed by Mr Onishchenko."

Read this instead:

Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

polizeros's picture

On the 14th he said everything was fine just fine.

"Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!


The unfolding Fukushima story has enormously strengthened the case for advanced nations - including Japan - to build more nuclear powerplants, in the knowledge that no imaginable disaster can result in serious problems."

Since events have proven him to be utterly wrong it can only be concluded that he is a pimp for the nuclear industry or a fool.

Golden monkey's picture

Both pimp and fool. Nothing unusual there.

New normal.

Heroic Couplet's picture

Progress Energy detects radioactive iodine in South Carolina and Florida but at levels too low to warrant public health concern:


pods's picture

Thanks for that article HC.  I am about 5 miles downwind of their Harris plant.  Never thought that it would be a bonus, but if anyone is going to pick up radiation, it will be the plants themselves.

If you will excuse me............

<shuffles off to find bottle of KI>


hamurobby's picture

Thanks! I just settled (won) an arguement with that little tid bit. ONE DAY she will listen to me....gasp.


Funny how they "knew" radiation levels were real high at the fukushima plant, yet earlier this week they said they couldnt measure the radiation levels because there was no power to the plant. We should be asking tebco, WELL WHICH IS IT?

herewego...'s picture

Glad you read it. Also read bits from this:


He is only innacurate if you take your scientific opinions from those that wish to increase page views, rather than actual scientists. None of these frightened bunnies actually has any scientific proof to back up the rather random assertions of nuclear death to scores, if they did they could list. The 'but nuculeary stuff is scary an' I don't unnerstand, maybe it could do this or do that or' cause radiation sickness in those across the largest body of water for light years around (the facking Pacific fer christsakes) just doesn't cut it when-

The real story remains: 10,000 dead, 10,000 missing, 100,000s homeless and grieving loved ones.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Now isn't that interesting.

You have been registered here on ZH for 39 weeks. Yet you never posted a comment until you posted just a single one nearly 5 weeks ago. Then comes a flurry of 14 articles over the last 10 days where you commented exclusively on Tyler's posts about Fukushima. And all of them dismissive. Sounds like your ID was archived a while back and only recently activated to push disinformation.

You have been outed as an operative. Have a nice day.

taraxias's picture


Nice catch CD. I knew this one wouldn't get passed you.

Jim in MN's picture

I just think his/her/its avatar is creepy.  What is that, a chess piece made out of radioactive Jell-O?

herewego...'s picture

I've also commented on China, as I'm in the region - thus my interest.

I like ur excellent posts on silver etc. We both know that physics isn't your strong suit, but, do you have anything scientific to add?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You do understand that anyone registered here on ZH can track anyone else's comment history....right? You are exposed for what you are, regardless of what you claim to be. Dump the dead body you're currently occupying and pull a fresh one out of storage.

And don't be so sloppy next time. Professional disinformation organizations and psyops programs exercise their registered ID's and Avatars on a regular basis so that they can't be easily exposed when they're activated for a specific purpose. It's professional disinfo/psyops 101.


malikai's picture

Bot, troll, psyop, whatever. There is one valid point to his/her/its diatribes. People have been focusing on the radiological contamination/meltdown/etc while many thousands have died due to the tsunami itself. The Japanese government lied. This is no surprise, they have been doing it for years and this event will not end the practice of government coverups, of which the Japanese do not have a monopoly.

It is somewhat disturbing our focus on the fukushima situation when real, actual, people need help and are still dying due to the tsunami and its knock-on effects. Yet, not one person has died due to the reactor meltdowns. I don't want to downplay the fukushima situation and the very real risk of absolute catastrophe it presents, but by focusing on that alone, we ignore the already occured and ongoing catastrophe.

I wonder, how many people on the hedge have contributed anything to help the victoms in Japan? Has anybody given a penny to the red cross for support? Has anybody contributed anything other than this ongoing criticism towards TEPCO? Whether they are doing the right things or not, they are at least doing something. What are we doing?

Shame on us for dealing with this like we are yelling at the TV during sunday night football.

traderjoe's picture

I hate to sound callous, but would anyone donate their debt-money/FRN's to an agency that takes x% off the top, especially when the Japanese government is essentially printing trillions of yen? Governments (through their privately-owned central banks) borrow money created out of thin air, further indebting their citizens. This creates inflation, further robbing the citizens. It's a triple whammy.

If the government stayed out of it, it would be a totally different story.

malikai's picture

This is the "let government take care of it" fallacy. Where we stand now is the result. As long as we keep believing that its the government's job to fix our problems, nothing will ever change.

traderjoe's picture

Um, I'm actually making the opposite argument. But as long as the Japanese government is borrowing money created out of thin air, why should people donate money they have actually 'earned'?

malikai's picture

Because while you and I may argue with our government over inflation, people are still dying in Japan. We were organizing relief missions to Haiti by the boatload. Two former puppets in chief, Bush and Clinton went to Haiti to take pictures. We have had not one attempt by our current puppet in cheif or any of his predecessors to pay any mind to the matter in Japan.

I guess we don't care unless its third worlders dying. And even then, only when its politically or economically benefitial to the PTB.

jonjon831983's picture

Watch video of Bush doing picture time with Clinton in Haiti


The Profit Prophet's picture

Why any fool would donate their hard earned money to a government that now prints as much as it needs is beyond insane!!!

T.E.I.N. everyone!

OldPhart's picture

From personal experience I have to say that the Red Cross has become a political organization, and rather crooked too.

I strongly urge donations be made via the Salvation Army.  They are the last true international charity that I know of.

Help the Japanese People

malikai's picture

You're probably right. I had an epiphany and didn't really consider where to donate or their political associations.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

No, not whatever. I've been here since nearly the beginning. This is my community as well as yours. I value my community and psyops and disinformation operatives devalue and destroy my community. Whatever doesn't cut it. Maybe you don't mind someone coming in and pissing all over your floor but I do.

The Japanese government lied. This is no surprise, they have been doing it for years and this event will not end the practice of government coverups, of which the Japanese do not have a monopoly.

So do you think the Japanese government is telling the truth about the earthquake and tsunami? So they would lie about the nuclear disaster, but not about the natural one? Of course the natural disaster in Japan is horrible, terrible and a dozen other words I could use to describe it. But don't beat on the ZH reader for what the blog publisher does or doesn't focus on. BTW we in the rest of the world are lied to every time the Japanese government lies to its own people. Global village and all. What goes down in Fukushima can and does effect everyone else in the world.

It is somewhat disturbing our focus on the fukushima situation when real, actual, people need help and are still dying due to the tsunami and its knock-on effects.

To assume or guess about ZH readers action or inaction regarding charitable giving or anything else towards the Japanese earthquake and tsunami based upon comments left here is beyond a stretch. Well beyond. You have no idea what people have or have not done based upon the comments they leave.

I estimate 85% to 90% of the people who read ZH never leave a single comment and most of them are not even registered. So are you speaking for them as well? The people who leave comments here are a small minority of the total number who read ZH. A very small minority.

The focus of this blog of the world of personal, corporate and governmental lies and subterfuge. What's going on at Fukushima is a focused example of what's going on in the world on a daily basis. This blog is not a general news outlet.

Jim in MN's picture

I see ZH as focused even more specifically on tail risk, and the lies, scams and contortions that substitute for robust responses to risk.

Fukushima is the ultimate tail event.  Wasn't supposed to happen.  But for institutions to say 'whoa got no plan, guess we're all toast (especially you peons)' when inevitable tail events occur is unecessary, antidemocratic and needs to be witnessed and shamed (at least).

Black swans blotting out the sky...got no reason, got no why...might as well extend the lie...habits cost you, then you die.

Gully Foyle's picture

Cognitive Dissonance

Antithesis moving toward synthesis. Say there are x sockpuppet posters, they post a range of things from the absurd to the realtively normal. They then start nudging opinions from all directions into a nice little consensus.

Not only that but newbies or oldtimers see the strange shit, Racism/UFO's did it/Violence and either stop coming or shake their heads at the devolution.

That demeans the message.

It also allows for information to be taken on those who agree with shit like violent overthrow.

Ever read the posts where two argue but it seems like the same person taking both sides?

Right now you can catch the Psyop or Paid Poster because they have minimal nuance. But they have been getting better. And they will continue to massage their stances until you can't filter them from the "real" people.

Anyway I think they ZH stance is similar to this (the reason I enjoy vistiing)

"None of us are going to deny what other people are doing. If saying bullshit is somebody's thing, then he says bullshit. If somebody is an ass-kicker, then that's what he's going to do on this trip, kick asses. He's going to do it right out front and nobody is going to have anything to get pissed off about. He can just say, 'I'm sorry I kicked you in the ass, but I'm not sorry I'm an ass-kicker. That's what I do, I kick people in the ass.' Everybody is going to be what they are, and whatever they are, there's not going to be anything to apologize about. What we are, we're going to wail with on this whole trip."
Tom Wolfe (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The techniques used are very sophisticated to childish depending upon their intent. Professional psyops and disinformation is a highly refined art that has been used for thousands of years. But over the last 60 years, with the help of psychological testing and experimentation and the advent of the advertising age, the techniques have been sharpened to a fine edge.

And yes I read all posts carefully and I see two, three, even four posters talking to him or herself, meaning one person or entity is controlling them all, even to the point where an "argument" is created to drag others in. However, it's extremely difficult for anyone other than an expert to hide subtle telltale signs in common such as words, phrases and even punctuation. But there is now software to help with that as well.

trav7777's picture

you are both quite obviously psyops.

I mean, the cleverness of masquerading as dissidents in order to assist "TPTB" in rounding up lists of sympathetic persons is just so brilliant that it could only be a psyops operation

tmosley's picture

Is that the pot calling the tablecloth black?

malikai's picture

I agree with you on all points. I got a little carried away during an epiphany. I still feel shameful about this and am doing something about it now. People there need help and if I have to steal a king air, load it up with medical supplies, and fly it there myself, I'm going to do something about it.

US Uncut's picture

Contribute to the Red Cross? That is a SURE Way to waste your money. There is NO guarantee that the money you donate will go to Japan. And if Haiti is any shinning example of what happens when hard working people donate money, then it's not worth it to donate. Seriously.But if you most, find a much more worthy organization than the Red Cross. 

Jim in MN's picture

No, Yoko Ono was on CNN a few days after the quake and said Red Cross is the way to go.  She was very convincing.

cbxer55's picture

Yoko Ono could not convince me to buy a John Lennon record.

vh070's picture

Load is about ten percent, the volunteer to staff ratio is high, and the appeals are targeted for specific crises. Lowish four figures from me. Some of it will probably go to Pacific Islands affected by the tsunami.

StychoKiller's picture

In my estimation, World Vision is better than the Red Cross:  http://www.worldvision.org

Oligarchs Gone Wild's picture

I postulate that CD actually registered the herewego UID himself.  That way he could continue to educate the ZH community in unique and interesting stories that played out interlaced within current events.

Much like this isn't the only nom de plume that I use either.  Internet is more fun with team theta.

Love from behind another VPN tunnel on dial-up from Peru,

we are all tyler durden

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Postulate all you like kind sir. CD is my only ID. I have nothing to hide and I speak openly and clearly. On the other hand, to admit that you feel the need to use several IDs raises all kinds of questions.

Oligarchs Gone Wild's picture


Thanks for what you do CD.  You're one of the few who make showing up worth the time.

trav7777's picture

dude, you are so clearly a psyop

Dan Duncan's picture

herewego has linked to an article with possibly legitimate arguments against the "hysteria" surrounding Fukushima. 

All CogDis has done is to come back with an ad hominem circumstantial response.

Besides failing to address the issue at hand ("Is the media overstating Fukushima risks?")...your underlying premise is absurd.  So...herewego got on ZH 39 weeks ago, lying in wait for the 9.0 richter earthquake, the tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown...and BAM!  Here's his chance to comment exclusively on Fukushima.  Yeah, OK...[And if you're not saying this, then wtf are you saying?  Because here's what I'm saying:  This guy got on ZH 39 weeks ago, and read the stuff and when this story hit, he felt like he knew a little something, he disagreed with Tyler's coverage...and so he responsed accordingly.  So what?]

And even if this guy does have a bias, it doesn't mean he's wrong.   

The article he linked to states that workers were exposed to radiation doses of 170 millisievert.  It goes on to say:  "None of this involves significant health hazards: actual radiation sickness is not normally seen until a dose of 1,000 millisievert and is not common until 2,000. Additional cancer risk is tiny: huge numbers of people must be subjected to such doses in order to see any measurable health consequences. In decades to come, future investigators will almost certainly be unable to attribute any cases of cancer to service at Fukushima." 

Now I don't know if this is accurate, but if so it represents a compelling counter-argument to Tyler's coverage, regardless of bias.    If it's not accurate, then OK, fine, herewego should STFU.

taraxias's picture

And I suppose you think that by adding "If it's not accurate, then OK, fine, herewego should STFU" your post comes across as being fair and balanced.

Push your card down the street, no one is buying what you are selling here.

Bringin It's picture

... then the wingman flying cover flies in and crashes in the same flaming heap.

Too funny.

Note to taraxias my man - change it to cart. IMO.  But yeah, no one's buying.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You really should do some research into the subject of disinfo and psyops. IDs and Avatars are stockpiled for future use on any subject the company is hired to act upon. A very public disclosure of these techniques was done by The Washington Post. They did a big series called "Top Secret America" on how private companies are moving big into all aspects of disinfo and psyops. There have also been many magazine articles and dozens of books written on the subject. It is naive to think this isn't going on.

It is well know that much of what government did before is now done by corporations precisely because they can get around secrecy and public disclosure laws. Plus private companies will create disinfo campaigns for other corporations. For example, you don't think the nuclear industry is just sitting on their hands at this moment do you? And BP and the rest of the oil industry didn't sit around when the GOM disaster was unfolding....do you?


TruthInSunshine's picture

I've been telling people here that Operation Sock Puppet (or variations on the theme) is alive and in real time now, and I honestly believe most forums, including here at Zero Hedge, are now targetted by those working for governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, in an attempt to counteract and neutralize dissemination of anything that flows opposite of the 'official party line.'

johnQpublic's picture

it only surprises me that it happens as little as it does on ZH

youtube was rampant with it in the comments around certain topics/vids, such as 911