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Fukushima Update: "Very likely that some of the melted cores have moved into the earth"

"Very likely that some of the melted cores have moved into the earth" at Fukushima "It's beyond containment right now"
Paul Gunter director of the reactor oversight project at Beyond Nuclear: We're seeing a full range of radioactive contaminants now moving, which indicate that the damaged cores of these reactors the meltdowns themselves are now contributing to the contamination in the Pacific Ocean and groundwater. [...] Right now we're seeing the Japanese government is in chaos. The fact that the revelation of this extensive contamination is coming now more than two years after the accident occurred indicates that it's completely out of control. [...]

Gunter: Indications are right now that the reactor structures themselves have been breached. It's very likely that some of the radioactive material the melted cores have moved into the earth. So it's beyond containment right now. I think that's the tragedy that we see unfolding as Fukushima's radioactive water crisis is only beginning. [...]

Fukushima Update 13.Aug.2013 02:24

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They are turning ground into quicksand at Fukushima plant Engineers warn reactor units may topple

Thom Hartmann, Host: So what's the fate and future Fukushima first of all?

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear: [...] In the context of what's going on now with the groundwater flooding of the site because one of their mitigation measures which is pretty not very well thought out, was building a seawall by freezing the ground and guess what? The groundwater is piling up behind the seawall. [...] by backing up the water under the entire site, they are turning the ground into quicksand. And that's causing less stability more instability. There are structural engineers and nuclear engineers warning that may be the final straw that's needed to topple not only Unit 4, but perhaps some of those other destroyed units with their high-level radioactive waste stored in pools fifty feet up in the air.[... ] If that [Unit 4] pool goes down enough of that fuel is still in there it'll be on fire [...]

Hartmann: And the prevailing winds and the prevailing ocean currents take water from the coast of Japan where?

Kamps: To North America. Within days of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe beginning, we were getting fallout coming down in rain in the United States not in insignificant quantities. And also, of course, the seafood. Not only does the ocean's currents bring the radioactivity this way, but also the sea life itself. The blue fin tuna migrated from Japan to North America and carried the radioactive cesium in its flesh over here.

 link to enenews.com

another 13.Aug.2013 04:02

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Radiation Expert: Enormous amount of contamination flowing from Fukushima will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean Threatens other countries, food chain Absolutely can reach U.S. and Canadian shores


Anand Naidoo, CCTV anchor: From what we know about what is going on at the plant right now, is this going to get worse?

Dr. Janette Sherman, radiation expert: I hate say this, but yes I think it will. And my concern is the enormous amount of radioactive material flowing with the water into the Pacific Ocean. And we know that the ocean flows northward along Alaska and down the coast of Canada and the United States. And I think it probably will imperil the entire Pacific Ocean, and the the sea life that's in it.

Naidoo: What you're saying here is that this water can actually reach other shores, can reach other countries as well?

Sherman: Oh absolutely, we already know that.

Naidoo: The radioactive content in this water does it dissipate, or does it just stay in the water all the time?

Sherman: Well both cesium and strontium have a half-life about thirty years. It takes 10 half-lives for each of these isotopes to decay down to nothing. We contaminate the plankton, and that's eaten by shrimp and oysters and fish and mammals. And as most of these move up the food chain they get concentrated. Particularly strontium-90 gets concentrated in the bones.