April 7th, 2012
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(HigginsBlog) – TEPCO believes they have accidentally spilled 12 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant has spilled into the Pacific Ocean.
Just weeks ago I reported the plume of radioactive water the TEPCO purposefully dumped into the Pacific Ocean after being strongly urged to do s by the US government was now hitting Hawaii.
While the devastation from that release has been catastrophic enough even more radiation will follow as TEPCO now admits they have been leaking highly radioactive water directly into the Pacific ocean.
The latest marine impact simulation shows the radioactive plume of ocean radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now hit Hawaii
The latest marine radiation plume simulation from ASR LTD shows that the radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now reached norther Hawaii.
This should be no surprise, since it was originally disclosed shortly after the disaster that the plume would reach Hawaii within about 1 year and California in 2 to 3 years when the government decided not to test fish at that time.
Please note this simulation, as explained below, shows only the extent of where the particles in radioactive plume have traveled.
It does not attempt to estimate the dilution of the radiation since such estimates are currently impossible due to refusal by TEPCO and the government of Japan to release critical scientific data required to calculate the concentration of the plume.
Also note that the simulation only takes into account the million gallons of radioactive water TEPCO purposefully dumped into the ocean.
TEPCO is says they believe a newly discovered leak in their decontamination system is responsible leaking of additional 12 tons of highly radioactive water directly into the ocean.
RT – Officials at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which acts as the operator of the crippled nuclear facility, say there is reason to believe some of the 12 tons of radioactive water has flowed into the Pacific Ocean.
A leak was found in a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination system. The water, once it has been used to cool the reactors, contains massive amounts of radioactive substances and is put into the water-processing facility so it can be recycled for use as a coolant.
“Our officials confirmed that cooling water leaked at a joint in the pipes,” a TEPCO spokesman told reporters, adding that “it is possible that some of the water may have flowed outside the facility and poured into the ocean.”
This accident is the latest of several leaks of radioactive water at the plant, undermining the government’s claim that the shuttered reactors were now under control.
Just last month, about 120 tons of radioactive water leaked at the plant’s water decontamination system and about 80 liters (21 gallons) seeped into the ocean, according to TEPCO.
The plant, which is just north-east of Tokyo, was crippled by meltdowns and explosions caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
Source: Higgins Blog