TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation "Significantly" Undercounted

Tyler Durden's picture

From April to September of 2013, as Bloomberg reports, TEPCO admits that levels of radiation measured from water samples around the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactor were "significantly undercounted."  We assume it was mere coincidence that during this very time Shinzo Abe proclaimed the 2020 Olympics would be safe and used many of these readings as evidence. In addition to this debacle, The BBC reports, the likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months; and rather stunningly, The Japan Times reports a new study finds the lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. But apart from that, everything's great.


TEPCO admits radiation levels were "signicantly" undercounted... (Bloomberg)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is re-analyzing 164 water samples collected last year at the wrecked Fukushima atomic plant because previous readings “significantly undercounted” radiation levels.


The utility known as Tepco said the levels were undercounted due to errors in its testing of beta radiation, which includes strontium-90, an isotope linked to bone cancer. None of the samples were taken from seawater, the company said today in an e-mailed statement.


These errors occurred during a time when the number of the samplings rapidly increased as the result of a series of events since last April, including groundwater reservoir leakage and a major leak from a storage tank,” according to the statement.


And this...

Earlier today, Tepco suspended the removal of spent nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima plant after a cooling system failed due to a damaged power cable, the company said in a separate e-mailed statement. Work resumed at the reactor No. 4 spent fuel pool after activation of a backup system.

And then there's the plume coming California's way... (BBC)

The likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months.



Only minute traces of pollution from the beleaguered Japanese power plant have so far been recorded in Canadian continental waters.


This will increase as contaminants disperse eastwards on Pacific currents.



And this dismal study.. (The Japan Times)

The lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen slightly among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, according to a study published online in a U.S. science journal Monday.


The assessment was based on a two-month study by Japanese researchers conducted about a year and a half after the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The study checked the radiation exposure of around 460 residents living near the crippled plant Fukushima Prefecture.


Health risk assessment indicates that post-2012 doses will increase the lifetime solid cancer incidence rate among 1-year-old girls by 1.06 percentage points in the Tamano area of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, from the average rate of 31.76 percent, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said.




It is the first time projections have been made regarding the probability of cancer risk related to the nuclear disaster, according to the team.


Akio Koizumi, a team member and Kyoto University professor of environmental health, acknowledged that lifetime cancer incidence likely rose slightly due to radiation exposure but said he sees the impact of radiation exposure on health as “small.”

But apart from that, the clean-up is going great...

Oh wait...


But this should make everyone feel better...


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zorba THE GREEK's picture

F&*% Me....Too late, I am radiated. 

Scarlett's picture

good side of it is you can charge your cell or tesla just by touching it

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

I wasn't aware that being irradiated caused you to produce electricity.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was nuclear power?

ghengis86's picture

so are we still praying for rain to quench the 100-year drought in California?  No?  Why not?  It'd only take 1/10th the normal amount of rain to get tow-maters the size of your face!


(Seriously though, perhaps the drought is a blessing in disguise.  Only the shore glows instead of the entire state.  Then again, that state is fucked 10 times over, no matter what Moonbeam or Tepco does (or does not do); radioactive cesium probably fits somewhere between monorail projects and welfare payments (corporate, citizen and immigrant))

Four chan's picture

too bad we squelched tesla's next generation power transmission, instead of these idotic nuke pukers all over the place.

johnQpublic's picture

too bad we cnt figure out a global tax for this....carbon tax does have a nicer ring to it than a combined strontium-90/cs-137 tax 

TruthInSunshine's picture

I don't know how this could be done, and I have no animosity towards the Japanese People, but the Japanese Culture of "saving face," which has now been on display by TEPCO & the Japanese Government since Fukushima Daiichi went boom is SICKENING, since it has externality costs to human health that literally can't be predicted and will be too grave to quantify, but the world should have been, and now should be, imposing massive sanctions on Japan, for refusing to accept any and all assistance (see "saving face") from real'experts with real competence from other nations in mitigating the massive & very long lasting consequences of the meltdown.

Screw this "we have everything under control, please do not worry" Japanese bullshit.

Call in the Russians, Americans, French, Germans, Austrians, etc. The Japanese are incompetent liars regarding this crisis.

Fuck you, Japanese Diet (their legislative body), Japanese Prime Minister, Japanese Regulatory Authorities & TEPCO!!! Fuck you LONG TIME!!!

prains's picture

And where is the esteemed Dr. David Suzuki ??? Canada's preeminent environmentalist and an ancestral Japanese to boot. I've asked him several times now why he has no comment on this disaster only to get back from him absofuckinglutely NOTHING. This is as much an inditement on "ENVIRONMORONMENTALISTS" as it is on the Japanese people.

johnQpublic's picture

he has commented on this

prains's picture

maybe in the last couple of months, I gave up checking in with him....up until then only fluff pieces on life after the wave, nothing about the plume of radiation. What's he said in the last couple of months? so far after the fact mind you it's lost on the public to even be aware of the issue

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

I say we take off and nuke the entire site (Japan) from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure

Scarlett's picture

they're going after our precious bodily fluids!

Son of Loki's picture

I read about an 'outbreak' of paralyzed children in Cali recently and UCLA docs are mystified. GBS? or could it be related to Fuki radiation in their air/water?

I wonder......

TBT or not TBT's picture

I'm paying close attention too, having a precious-to-me toddler in day care out here. In my immediate circle are a decorated microbiologist, a virologist, and an senior infectious diseases lab tech person at kaiser permanente, the vertically integrated healthcare giant out here. They don't know much about it, and all three have toddlers or young kids in school out here. They're hearing this from me.

Jena's picture

And what do they say, if you don't mind my asking?

TBT or not TBT's picture

With an avatar like that, there will be high interest in going after your precious bodily fluids.

Skateboarder's picture

I've got something from Dave Suzuki for you... ;)

Vital Remains - Dechristianize

(p.s. Dechristianize is about the French Revolution...)

suteibu's picture

The simple fact that no one around the world (not the UN, not the US, not Europe, etc) is complaining should be a clue for you.  The US is selling nuclear tech to Vietnam.  Japan is building nuclear plants in central Asia. China and Russia export nuclear tech/ build NPPs.  It's a growth industry which guarantees profits because it is insured by the taxpayers. 

Everybody wants in on nuclear power.  The climate changers want nuclear power instead of fossil fuels.  Then there's GE, Hitachi, Areva, Westinghouse, all of the companies involved in the nuclear cycle, mining, and electrical generation.

Everybody complains about big oil, no one takes on big nuclear.

prains's picture




why no Thorium?

suteibu's picture

Can't make the nukes with thorium, I guess.

johnQpublic's picture

thorium=no nuke bombs

thats why

prains's picture

you answered the question

johnQpublic's picture

which .gov troll is here tonite with a single down arrow for everyone?

edit: spitzer, are you tonites troll?

Bearwagon's picture

That's not true. One can build a bomb based on Uranium 233, which is bred from Thorium 232. It has been tested (Teapot, MET). Breeding of U 233 is also part of the indian nuclear program. I would be most pleased, if this ridiculous nonsense that one cannot built a bomb based on Thorium would not be mentioned again. One can. Accept it people.

laomei's picture

Yes, thorium can indeed result in nukes. However, it doesn't create material as fast as uranium fuel cycles can.  Which is why it won out.

johnQpublic's picture

karen silkwood did

but conspiracy theories are never true...ever...until they are

johnQpublic's picture

the world should have been, and now should be, imposing massive sanctions on Japan


and what good would that do?

it should have been a world wide all hands on deck situation, and every resource worldwide should have been mobilized in a team effort to save the ocean and our planet

but greed and selfishness prevents anything of the sort

my fear is this is a slow motion extinction level event


silverserfer's picture

yeah, 98% of the japanese population was too busy shopping for hello kitty condoms. They even dont want to be bothered with it.

Jim in MN's picture

I posted some local New Mexico press on the WIPP plutonium/transuranic 'radiological event' now taking place at WIPP near Carlsbad.  Downthread a bit.

Still waiting for the official Fuku numbers to catch up with the estimates I made the month of the accident.  I was conservative. 

johnQpublic's picture


i up arrow you, and a moment later it flips to a down, so i flip it back

what is so special about what you said

and is anyone else having touble up arrowing stuff?

Jim in MN's picture

Special.....you want to see special.....here is my 20 pages on Fukushima.....enjoy in good health.  Written in September 2013, but including the original site release estimates from 2011.  They didn't need updating. 

These are still the most scientifically based and complete descriptions of the Fukushima situation. 


The more they untruth, the more we truth.

Sabibaby's picture

Your precious internet points are at risk!

johnQpublic's picture

i was more thinking about the snowden troll revelation, but thanks for playing

johnQpublic's picture

Health risk assessment indicates that post-2012 doses will increase the lifetime solid cancer incidence rate among 1-year-old girls by 1.06 percentage points in the Tamano area of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, from the average rate of 31.76 percent, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said.

 are we joking here?

a near 32% lifetime rate of cancer?

by what age?

so one in three people get cancer these days?

average annual rate of cancer increased 4.9% YOY from 1970-2004 is best stat i could find

now we know what it would be like if we had a limited nuclear war and detonated only 2200 weapons

the number detonated in testing

Spitzer's picture

This is total and complete bullshit.


They are using very sensitive technology to measure the radiation. Its getting blown out of proportion.


Ask Bill Wattenburg. He designed the US's nukes.



silverserfer's picture

yeah dipshit, and it only take one of those isotopes for you to ingenst and get lodged and start the process that will do you in.

johnQpublic's picture

one emitter particle is all it takes

johnQpublic's picture

you drink it then

you eat it

not I

and i trust the people in the industry not at all

who the fuck puts a spent fuel pool a hundred feet in the air in an earthquake prone area

and have you looked at US plans for waste storage?

the firstline, "for the first thousand years...."is all i need to read

show me a society that has been stable for a thousand years

and so and such group will monitor it for the first thousand years

greed driven stupidity of immeasurale proportons

TBT or not TBT's picture

There was a decent waste storage plan in the USA, but barking moonbats and the ignorescenti plus demagogue politicians prevented it. So we keep this shit in pools all over the place. I guess a doomsday psychostate could send a nuke to ground burst on one of those to sterilize a good part of the planet.

weburke's picture

true enough, however, bet you radiative stuff appears, from -where ever- . convenient. lies have a purpose. 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

The US government knows exactly how much radiation has been released; those military satellites will be relaying real time data 24/7.

Follow the birth defects; I would be surprised if there hasn't been a significant rise in Japan. Or do they throw the imperfect ones in a pit at birth?


bilbert's picture

Glad you mentioned that, JQ - I read the "1% Increase" figure, and thought it impossibly low.

When I got to the 32% figure, I figured they misplaced a decimal point.

After reading about the ongoing massive "PsyOps" media programs, I'm thinking this may be a BEAUTIFUL example of this kind of bullshit.

I can see headlines:  "Fukishima Cancer risk up only 1.06%"

Methinks the ".06" part was added to make it look "Scientific", as 1.06 is statistically no different than "1%" when it comes to medical findings.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

They use the same Statisticians that calculate unemployment and the CPI. Problem solved.

You are not a victim of radiation poisoning if you are dead. Birth defects are hedonistically adjusted; DNA mutations are an incremental improvement.


DYS's picture



Illuminati speak for "This shit is planned"

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well, Japanese don't have heart/circulatory disease nor diabesity at the rate we do, but they nevertheless die, of the same stuff all humans do, just at different rates of incidence. Most men in advanced counties die with prostate cancer (though not OF said cancer, for the most part). For further explanation, see the standing comment on this very subject pegged to the masthead of this blog. Top right corner. Scroll up.

UselessEater's picture

I'm curious, why aren't Californians leaving in droves? Especially those with kids.