TEPCO Knew Radiation In Seawater Is 7.5 Million Above Normal Before It Started Dumping Radioactivity In Sea On Monday

Tyler Durden's picture

This time nobody will be blamed for not carrying the decimal comma. While a few weeks back TEPCO scrambled to lie to the public that a reading 10 million times higher than normal was really just 100,000 times above threshold, today TEPCO, whose stock hit an all time low in overnight trading, finally admitted the truth that radioactive Iodine 131 readings taken from seawater near the water intake of the Fukushima No. 1
nuclear plant's No. 2 reactor reached 7.5 million times the legal limit. This means Godzilla is most likely very close to hatching. But it gets worse: "The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before
Tepco announced Monday it would start releasing radioactive water into
the sea,
and experts fear the contamination may spread well beyond
Japan's shores to affect seafood overseas
." In other words, as TEPCO was dumping 11,500 tons of radioactive water in the sea, it already knew, but kept away from the public, the radiation was nearly ten million times higher than legal limits. At this point we truly marvel at the stoic ability of Japanese people, and most certainly its east-coast fishermen, whose jobs are finished as nobody will want to buy any fish in the foreseeable future for fear of radioactive toxicity, to accept such lies, very often with an intent to hurt, day after day, without anger spilling over in some form of violence.

More from Japan Times on this disgusting precedent set by a country which once was believed to care about its people and the environment:

The unstoppable radioactive discharge into the Pacific has prompted experts to sound the alarm, as cesium, which has a much longer half-life than iodine, is expected to concentrate in the upper food chain.

According to Tepco, some 300,000 becquerels per sq. centimeter of radioactive iodine-131 was detected Saturday, while the amount of cesium-134 was 2 million times the maximum amount permitted and cesium-137 was 1.3 million times the amount allowable.

The amount of iodine-131 dropped to 79,000 becquerels per sq. centimeter Sunday but shot up again Monday to 200,000 becquerels, 5 million times the permissible amount.

The level of radioactive iodine in the polluted water inside reactor 2's cracked storage pit had an even higher concentration. A water sample Saturday had 5.2 million becquerels of iodine per sq. centimeter, or 130 million times the maximum amount allowable, and water leaking from the crack had a reading of 5.4 million becquerels, Tepco said.

"It is a considerably high amount," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

Masayoshi Yamamoto, a professor of radiology at Kanazawa University, said the high level of cesium is the more worrisome find.

"By the time radioactive iodine is taken in by plankton, which is eaten by smaller fish and then by bigger fish, it will be diluted by the sea and the amount will decrease because of its eight-day half-life," Yamamoto said. "But cesium is a bigger problem."

The half-life of cesium-137 is 30 years, while that for cesium-134 is two years. The longer half-life means it will probably concentrate in the upper food chain.

Yamamoto said such radioactive materials are likely to be detected in fish and other marine products in Japan and other nations in the short and long run, posing a serious threat to the seafood industry in other nations as well.

"All of Japan's sea products will probably be labeled unsafe and other nations will blame Japan if radiation is detected in their marine products," Yamamoto said.

Tepco on Monday began the release into the sea of 11,500 tons of low-level radioactive water to make room to store high-level radiation-polluted water in the No. 2 turbine building. The discharge continued Tuesday.

Alas, initial fisherman jobless claims are about to join true radioactivity levels in surging above legal thresholds:

On Monday, 4,080 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive iodine was
detected in lance fish caught off Ibaraki Prefecture. Fishermen
voluntarily suspended its shipment. The health ministry plans to compile
radiation criteria for banning marine products.

And the bottom line is that after almost a month, Japan is nowhere near closer to fixing this whole goddamned mess:

Tepco initially believed the leak was somewhere in the cable trench that
connects the No. 2 turbine building and the pit. But after using milky
white bath salt to trace the flow, which appeared to prove that was not
the case, the utility began to think it may be seeping through a layer
of small stones below the cable trench.

When all is said and done, the lies are removed, and the truth is finally revealed, this will end up being far, far worse than Chernobyl.

The chart below from the NYT shows what is currently known about the intentional water release and unintentional leak from Fukushima:

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FLUSA.com's picture

Not to worry...the solution to polution is dilution.....or some shit like that.... 

oh_bama's picture

Stop buying anything made in Japan. Those people are really not responsible.. The environment is demaged for good. Sigh..

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Gojira, gojira for sure now!

This is not good.

Popo's picture

I must be mssing something.  Help me out here:  According to the above article, TEPCO knew that it needed to vent the excess water from the reactors -- so they decided to empty that water into ....(wait for it)...  THE SEA???

Does it strike anyone as particularly odd that a country with an international reputation for logistical and engineering mastery could not find another, more secure receptacle for said radioactive water?   Even if the solution was to empty the water into 1000 individual tanks, and submerge those tanks to the bottom of the sea -- that would be preferable to an uncontrolled release into open water.




If this disaster had happened in China, the government would have executed management by now.   Fortunately, this being Japan -- we can rest assured that management will do the right thing, fall on their swords and commit harikari.




oogs66's picture

C'mon, who hasnt take a piss in the ocean?

euclidean's picture

Cute Popo-san, yet sobokuna. Hari kari gone way of samurai. Since money print, TEPCO-CEO-san get big promotion, one day work as Minister for Economics once get better.

euclidean's picture

Tried calling WB7 today. His answering machine has been changed to "How's them radioactive apples now?!?!"

Herman Strandschnecke's picture

Its not the ordinary japanese folk who are to blame so there's no point telling them to shove their japanese goods up where the rising sun don't shine. No, boycott politicians and the companies directly involved. Insist there is the death penalty and torture for company people responsible for such cock-ups and destruction to our world.

youngman's picture

They might want to start thinking about dropping all their imports taxes and embargos on our food products...like meat...they say its tainted with growth hormones....hows about a little radiation for ya......that Kobe beef ain´t no more.....baby

TruthInSunshine's picture

Using my 'never has failed so far' multiplier of taking what TEPCO says, revisions included, the radiation in the seawater near Daiichi is now 750 million times above normal.

I hope this doesn't hurt the fish, make it's way into evaporized sea water (thus forming rain), get into the ground water and ultimately, tap water, soak crops, animals and people, or do anything unpleasant.

Broder_Tuck's picture

Actually, the death penalty maybe would have a effect on corporate crime, in contrast to crime amongst the socioeconomic substrata that lives in misery and have nothing (including their hopeless lives) to loose. If so, I'm tempted to say "I'm all for it". But then again a modern Gulag would be much much better, a up-to-date version where former bankers, fundmanagers and TEPCO-managers could be put to work in labour-intensive infrastructureprojects. That way their bodies could still be of use to the society in labour-camps or optional medical experiments, the death penalty would just be a stupid waste of otherwise usefull biomass. That's all they are and can aspire to be by the way. Biomass - at best usefull to sociey. And further more it would just be rational economically speaking,  a fact they can enjoy and meditate about while the blisters in their hands hurt.

Bananamerican's picture

oh, + this.


Last day we'll ever know

Babylon alseep

Father God the Hammer

Drive the nails in deep

Sliding from the edge of history these men are gray...


Drive them all away

Oh God

Drive them all away

On the last day we'll ever know...

Drive them all away


Broder_Tuck's picture

Oh they will be driven away alright. When the monetary system collapses the justice will be swift and ruthless. Under the transition phase a kind of natural law of power in numbers will take effect. Starving mobs will ransack the Hamptons and its residents will be beaten to death in the streets. Forget marshall law, like Ruppert is saying - it's to expensive. Think L.A.-riots squared. There are certain areas where the remaining police will not go. On the other hand there are also certain adresses that the lynchmobs will start to visit. With the intention of punishing someone, anybody that has perfect skin, soft hands and reeks of unethically aquired capital. Homes will be set on fire and the slow moving targets will be hanged in the nearest lamp-post. The only hope for the stigmatized former elites will be to head for the woods. Most will die in one weak from starvation and the brutal conditions of the wild. Some will be eaten by bears or go mad with fear and try to kill themselves. But dying by ones own hand will be hard without bullets, drugs or rope. They will roam the wilderness, robbed of their dignity and humanity. Karma is a bitch indeed. No one will give them shelter or offer forgiveness for ruining the entire world. The remaining of them will in good time be tracked down and destroyed like deceased animals. Like a hideous plague of the land as Dr Thompson once put it. All the while, the hydrogen in the reactors all over the north american continent starts popping like popcorn, and the mass-migrations will commence. See you guys on The Road.

Hammer Time's picture

Stop buying anything made by General Electric. Those people are really not responsible.. The environment is demaged for good. Sigh..

RichardP's picture

The environment is demaged for good.

How is this G.E.'s fault?

Sudden Debt's picture

Yes, nothing really serious. Like at it like banks diluting their stocks in 2010 by billions and billions and billions, and still there where plenty of morons buying them.


Careless Whisper's picture

Well there's morons everywhere. Like the moron who wrote this op-ed piece in a Westchecter County, NY newspaper, about Indian POint Nuclear Plant (about 50 miles north of Manhattan). He is not a nuclear expert, rather the president of a local business group.  He says Indian Point's safety record "is without incident for 30 years". A outright lie! Also, it is "designed to withstand a 7.0-magnitude earthquake". Another total lie.

Indian Point is not Fukushima



breezer1's picture

edgar cayce says that new york will be hit by a sunami and will never recover.

also , what will readings be in 6 months ?

AnAnonymous's picture

Not to worry...the solution to polution is dilution.....or some shit like that.... 


But of course it is. Any lasting radioactive pollution they get out of this event is good to them. It will raise the norm of natural radioactivity that one can observe in a natural environment.

More and more radioactive incidents will rise the norm making each incident less threatening once compared to natural radioactivity. It takes time but with effort and dedication, things get done.

IQ 145's picture

 Iodine=five days; expert vis a vis foreign fish=paid propagandist or fool.  value of post=laughable ignorance.

Byte Me's picture

131I T= 8.1 days

133Xe T= 5.3 days

Clearly your IQ is too high to understand these half-life values, yet you keep posting this fallacious drivel.

(I didn't junk you.) You probably did that yourself..

tmosley's picture

Hey stupid.  Iodine isn't the issue here.  Cesium is.  Pay attention, douchebag.

Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

""Hey stupid.  Iodine isn't the issue here.  Cesium is.""

The Amount of Radioactive Fuel at Fukushima DWARFS Chernobyl ...


Zeolites, Iodine info....


Triggernometry's picture

Indeed Iodine seems the least of the troubles when considering Cesium and Strontium, but why has any mention of Plutonium suddenly vanished? Pu radioisotopes can have half-lives up to 24,500 years. If they are worried that 30 year half-life isotopes concentrate in the upper food chain, where is the concern for where longer lasting radioactive particles end up?

BigJim's picture

I junked you. How many times do you need to be told that the half-life of Iodine-131 is 8 days?

krispkritter's picture

Hey Captain IQ, why not put on your silver unitard and jet off to Fukushima for a nice swim in their lagoon? While you're at it, try the local fish, have some spinach salad, and wash it down with some nice local water. When your day-glo ass attempts to gain re-entry into the US and you get flagged as radioactive then try to explain that it will all go away in 5 days and 'no worries!'. I'm sure the couple of burly TSA types that give you a nice rubdown ala Silkwood with steel wool and grill sponges will take heed and be gentle. On your way back to confinement/quarantine please request a guard slam your head repeatedly between door and jamb in order to knock some sense into your pathetically dumb ass. Fishing for junks is apparently the only thing you're able to accomplish in this life but you might be able to create some hilarity on this end by filming your adventures...oh, and please hang your junk in a working microwave just to make sure you can't breed...Thanks in advance.

longorshort's picture

Ban this moron.  This beyond stupid.

Don Birnam's picture

"...a country which once was believed to care about its people and the environment..."

Care about the environment indeed -- the environment for business in the specialty meat trade: World bans notwithstanding, Japan remains perhaps the most active whaling nation in the Pacific.


InconvenientCounterParty's picture

"Not to worry...the solution to polution is dilution.....or some shit like that...."


Ironically, the reverse is true in food chains. Pollution accumulates at the top. The decision to eat tuna will be a tad more serious than in the "good old days".

bob_dabolina's picture

I've already given up on all seafood and the only aquatic organisms I will eat are bonafide farm raised.

With all the corexit, oil, radiation and everything else is it really worth it?

AN0NYM0US's picture

have you considered giving up eating?

Dangers of Aquafarmed Fish Do you know where your salmon really came from?



bob_dabolina's picture

I don't really care about sick fish...that's why we cook them.

I'd also prefer the antibotics over the radioactive nucliotides and corexit.

lol...justa' preference I suppose.

tmosley's picture

Aquaculture is an easy, highly productive solution to that.  I'm planning on setting up such a system over the next couple of years, pending other priorities.

mogul rider's picture

Jesus Christ - NATO bomb the TEPCO head office for christ sakes

breezer1's picture

bomb GE too. and Goldman Squid. and the Fed. and....

Drag Racer's picture

the fish are already glowing...


funny thing how I got junked for saying they were dumping water into the sea a few days ago...

Global Hunter's picture

the top story in the top stories link attached to the fish article on NHK says "leak at Fukushima appears to be lessening".

Are people in the press brain dead?  When did they become cheerleaders for this nonsense?  Complicate fools who should be held accountable. 

GetZeeGold's picture


Geez......and that's about all I got to say about that.




mogul rider's picture

We bought 120 cans of tuna a month ago for the impending inflationary spiral. Little did we realize what would happen a week after we did.


Prescient? Hell no damn lucky

MarkD's picture

MR.....My wife did the same. We call it our pre-tsunami tuna.

AN0NYM0US's picture

some call it cat food

Golden monkey's picture

Sure, but cat food is better than no food...

gall batter's picture

I just bought 25 cans of wild salmon.  Feel like a survivalist.  

jkruffin's picture

Anyone seen or heard any news out of the Philippines regarding radiation? I've got family over there, and they seem to take the American style point of view when it comes to news, and that means lie to cover the lie, or just don't say anything.  They have to be feeling this in some fashion wouldn't you think?  I can't find dink anywhere on the net that has updated info.

magpie's picture

German news had a short story about a supposed panic in Manila over an incoming radioactive cloud - seems to have been some textmessage induced scare.

magpie's picture

Long imported surimi.

Maybe freshwater fish raised in lead tanks from now on.

usefuloutput's picture

As long as the lead doesn't enter the fish raised in the tank.

bob_dabolina's picture

This half-life talk of the isotopes is underplayed.

It will take 80-100 days for Iodine 131/133 to break down completely and 400 years for Caesium134.