Energy News.... Japan
Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 14, 2013: Record radiation levels detected in well at Fukushima nuke plant[...] 1.8 million becquerels of [strontium and other] beta-ray sources per liter of water were detected at a monitoring well [...] in an area close to the sea near the No. 2 reactor building on Dec. 12. The well is located close to trenches holding highly radioactive water. TEPCO said the reading apparently spiked after highly radioactive water seeped into the surroundings through failed parts of the trenches.
Groundwater from well No. 1-16 (pg. 3), Collected Dec. 12, 2013:
- Cs-137: 1.8 becquerels per liter (Bq/L)
- Co-60: 0.55 Bq/L
- All β: 1,800,000 Bq/L
See also: Study finds giant strontium-90 release into body of water begins around 1,000 days after reactor meltdown -- Dec. 5, 2013 = thousand days after 3/11 -- Graphic shows very high levels being discharged for tens of thousands of days
And: AP: 'Time bomb' in leaking Fukushima trenches -- If Tepco removes extremely contaminated water as planned, it will only make more flow in since reactor buildings connect to trenches
And: Asahi: Tepco's done nothing for over 2 years to stop highly radioactive Fukushima leak -- Water above 1 sievert per hour -- Admits work "has not been done to this day because of difficulties involved"
Nuclear Expert: Plutonium in water leaking into ocean is “the most dangerous thing” at Fukushima, it can be carried around world and end up on a beach or in fish — Researcher: Plutonium contamination “a serious threat to environment and human health” (AUDIO)
Energy News - US impacts.....
Large die-off of Alaska seabirds from disease never found before in state history — Official: It’s super, super common… except it’s first time — Hundreds dead per km²; Continued to wash ashore — ‘Relatively’ natural; Witness: Head flopped backward, appeared to have seizure, then dropped dead (AUDIO)
University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, FVCOM Modeling Assessment of Japan’s Tsunami Event and Impacts of Radionuclides on the Pacific Ocean:
[...] The amount of radiation released in the nuclear accident has threatened the coastal environment with potential impacts on the Pacific Ocean. An international research team was established with the aim of [...] assessing the impact of radionuclides on the surrounding countries around the Pacific. [...] The ocean model used for this activity is the global-coastal nested FVCOM model system. FVCOM is an unstructured grid Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) [...] At 50 m, particles spread over a large region and reach the western US coast after 5 years. [...] At 200 m, particles stay in the narrow region and move eastward. >> Watch all 16 forecast models on the university’s website here (Bottom of page)
ASR Limited: Marine Consulting (No longer updating plume model):
Radioactivity levels in the seawater outside of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant continue to ignite concerns over the spread of highly radioactive material [...] The unusually high rates of radiation found in the turbine rooms — and now in the ocean — have fueled concerns that water may be seeping from at least one of the reactor cores, leaks that could release longer-lasting and much riskier forms of contamination.” Government officials have stated that they are not sure whether the primary containment vessels have been breached. [...] Officials continue to stress that contaminants will become diluted as currents carry them farther offshore. [...] ASR modeling of the radioactive seawater tells a different story, cause for serious alarm. While these models do not estimate levels of radioactivity in the surrounding waters, the assumption that nearby currents will quickly dilute the radioactive material does not appear to be accurate. [...] >> Watch the ASR model here
Study: Dead sea creatures covered 98% of seafloor last year about 150 miles off California coast; Unprecedented, had been below 1% prior to event — ‘Major’ changes began in spring 2011
Berkeley official requests Health Dept. inform public of elevated risks from Fukushima contamination; Council to vote on plan next week — Fairfax Official: “No one’s monitoring radiation levels on West Coast… Gov’t is not doing its job” (VIDEO)
“Weird things” happening on California coast: Previously unknown toxic algae blooms proliferating; Unprecedented mass of oxygen-poor water near shore — TV: Mystery strandings of large squid covered miles and experts baffled… “essentially killing themselves, it’s just really weird” (VIDEO)