"Fukushima has nearly 24 TIMES more nuclear fuel than Chernoby!
"NUCLEAR FUEL, ANY NUCLEAR FUEL, IS ESSENTIALLY A FIRE THAT NEVER STOPS BURNING."
Nuclear Engineer, September 6th, 2013: Fuel appears damaged in Fukushima Unit 4 pool and
will fall apart if they pull it up. Fukushima Unit 4: the plans are in November to start removing the fuel.
The question is always, ‘What’s going to keep the fuel sub-critical as
you’re withdrawing it from the pool?’ That hasn’t been answered to my
satisfaction yet because — although there are a lot of spent fuel
assemblies in there which could achieve criticality — there are also 200
new fuel assemblies which have equivalent to a full tank of gas, let’s
call it that. Those are the ones most likely to go critical first.Some pictures that were released recently show that a lot of fuel is
damaged, so when they go ahead and put the grapple on it, and they pull
it up, it’s going to fall apart. The boreflex has been eaten away; it
doesn’t take saltwater very good.
AUDIO HERE: http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-fuel-unit-4-pool-appears-damaged-will-fall-apart-pull-make-sure-radiation-monitor-working-whats-going-when-drops-audio
RECENT PHOTOS, September 7, 2013, TAKEN OF THE INSIDE OF UNIT 4 SHOW VERY LITTLE WATER COOLING THE SPENT RODS.They expected to find 4.5 meters of water and only found a few inches.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT UPDATE ON CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER JUST 4 INCHES FROM SURFACE, SURE TO INUNDATE THE AREA WHERE ALL THE STORAGE TANKS ARE AND FLOW CONTUNUOUSLY INTO THE PACIFIC. ALSO, AERIAL VIEW OF INCREASING CONTAMINATED STEAM RISING FROM THE SITE.
"FUKUSHIMA APOCALYPSE:Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’ "
AUGUST 27, 2013
<<The water that leaked out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors sank
through the ground until it reached the water table, and then merged
with the water there and began flowing to the sea. (This is in addition
to manmade flow paths—pipes, culverts, etc.—through which some water has
flowed). This groundwater brings with it any of the dissolved
radionuclides it carries. Not only that, but any attempt to block its
path can only be temporary—eventually the water will back up, as water
will behind any dam, until it flows around the obstruction or overtops
it. This is why contaminated groundwater is rising toward the surface.
It has effectively been dammed and it's acting like any dammed stream.>>
August 18, 2013, An interview by RT News with Christina Consolo, a former clinical researcher supervisor with NIH credentialing, an expert on radiation, mitigation, and other nuclear issues.
'The site has been propped up with duct tape and a kick-stand for over two years'
There is no example historically to draw from on a scale of this magnitude. Everything is theory. But anyone who says this can't happen is not being truthful, because nobody really knows how bad things could get.
The most disturbing part of all of this is that Fukushima has been this dangerous, and precarious, since the second week of March 2011. The ante will definitely be upped once the fuel removal starts.
'The mainstream media, world governments, nuclear agencies, health organizations, weather reporters, and the health care industry has completely ignored three ongoing triple meltdowns that have never been contained'
An obvious attempt to downplay this disaster and its consequences have been repeated over and over again from 'experts' in the nuclear industry that also have a vested interest in their industry remaining intact. And, there has been a lot of misleading information released by TEPCO, which an hour or two of reading by a diligent reporter would have uncovered, in particular the definition of 'cold shutdown.’
Over 300 mainstream news outlets worldwide ran the erroneous 'cold shutdown' story repeatedly, which couldn't be further from the truth…[it was] yet another lie that was spun by TEPCO to placate the public, and perpetuated endlessly by the media and nuclear lobby.
Unfortunately, TEPCO waited until a severe emergency arose to finally report how bad things really are with this latest groundwater issue...if we are even being told the truth. Historically, everything TEPCO says always turns out to be much worse than they initially admit.
'Unfortunately there is no one better qualified to deal with this than the Russians, despite their own shortcomings'
I think the best chance of success is…that experts around the world drop everything they are doing to work on this problem, and have Russia either lead the containment effort or consult with them closely. They have the most experience, they have decades of data. They took their accident seriously and made a Herculean effort to contain it.
Just how profound the effect will be on down-winders in North America, or the entire northern hemisphere for that matter, will literally depend on where the wind blows and where the rain falls, the duration and extent of a nuclear fire or chain-reaction event, and whether or not that reaction becomes self-sustaining.
As a comparison: Chernobyl was one reactor, in a rural area, a quarter of the size of one of the reactors at Fukushima. There was no 'spent fuel pool' to worry about. Chernobyl was treated in-situ...meaning everything was pretty much left where it was while the effort to contain it was made (and very expeditiously I might add) not only above ground, but below ground.
At Fukushima, we have six top-floor pools all loaded with fuel that eventually will have to be removed, the most important being Reactor 4, although Reactor 3 is in pretty bad shape too. Spent fuel pools were never intended for long-term storage, they were only to assist short-term movement of fuel. Using them as a long-term storage pool is a huge mistake that has become an 'acceptable' practice and repeated at every reactor site worldwide.
'If and when the corium reaches the Tokyo aquifer, serious and expedient discussions will have to take place about evacuating 40 million people'
We have endless releases into the Pacific Ocean that will be ongoing for not only our lifetimes, but our children’s' lifetimes. We have 40 million people living in the Tokyo area nearby. We have continued releases from the underground corium that reminds us it is there occasionally with steam events and huge increases in radiation levels. Across the Pacific, we have at least two peer-reviewed scientific studies so far that have already provided evidence of increased mortality in North America, and thyroid problems in infants on the west coast states from our initial exposures. We have increasing contamination of the food chain, through bioaccumulation and biomagnification. And a newly stated concern is the proximity of melted fuel in relation to the Tokyo aquifer that extends under the plant. If and when the corium reaches the Tokyo aquifer, serious and expedient discussions will have to take place about evacuating 40 million people from the greater metropolitan area. As impossible as this sounds, you cannot live in an area which does not have access to safe water.
The operation to begin removing fuel from such a severely damaged pool has never been attempted before. The rods are unwieldy and very heavy, each one weighing two-thirds of a ton. But it has to be done, unless there is some way to encase the entire building in concrete with the pool as it is. I don't know of anyone discussing that option, but it would seem much 'safer' than what they are about to attempt...but not without its own set of risks.
And all this collateral damage will continue for decades, if not centuries, even if things stay exactly the way they are now. But that is unlikely, as bad things happen like natural disasters and deterioration with time...earthquakes, subsidence, and corrosion, to name a few. Every day that goes by, the statistical risk increases for this apocalyptic scenario. No one can say or know how this will play out, except that millions of people will probably die even if things stay exactly as they are, and billions could die if things get any worse.
The fuel rods are in danger every day they remain in the pool. The more variables you add to this equation, and the more time that passes, the more risk you are exposed to. Each reactor and spent fuel pool has its own set of problems, and critical failure with any of them could ultimately have the end result of an above-ground, self-sustaining nuclear reaction. It will not be known if extraction of all the fuel will even be possible, as some of it may be severely damaged, until the attempt is made to remove it.
RT: Finally, what is the worst case scenario? What level of contamination are we looking at and how dire would the consequences be for the long-term health of the region?
CC: Extremely dire. This is a terrible answer to have to give, but the worst case scenario could play out in death to billions of people. A true apocalypse. Since we have been discussing Reactor 4, I'll stick to that problem in particular, but also understand that a weather event, power outage, earthquake, tsunami, cooling system failure, or explosion and fire in any way, shape, or form, at any location on the Fukushima site, could cascade into an event of that magnitude as well.
At any time, following any of these possible events, or even all by itself, nuclear fuel in reactor 4's pool could become critical, mostly because it will heat up the pool to a point where water will burn off and the zirconium cladding will catch fire when it is exposed to air. This already happened at least once in this pool that we are aware of. It almost happened again recently after a rodent took out an electrical line and cooling was stopped for days.
Once the integrity of the pool is compromised that will likely lead to more criticalities, which then can spread to other fuel. The heat from this reaction would weaken the structure further, which could then collapse and the contents of the pool end up in a pile of rubble on the ground. This would release an enormous amount of radioactivity, which Arnie Gundersen has referred to as a “Gamma Shine Event” without precedence, and Dr. Christopher Busby has deemed an “Open-air super reactor spectacular.”
This would preclude anyone from not only being at Reactor 4, but at Reactors 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, the associated pools for each, and the common spent fuel pool. Humans could no longer monitor and continue cooling operations at any of the reactors and pools, thus putting the entire site at risk for a massive radioactive release.
'The northern half of Japan would be uninhabitable, and some researchers have argued that it already is'
The nuclear industry needs to come clean. If this leads to every reactor in the world being shut down, so be it. If the world governments truly care about their people and this planet, this is what needs to be done.
Renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku stated in an interview a few weeks after the initial accident that “TEPCO is literally hanging on by their fingernails.” They still are, and always have been. The Japanese have proven time and time again they are not capable of handling this disaster. Now we are entrusting them to execute the most dangerous fuel removal in history.
We are extremely lucky that this apocalyptic scenario hasn't happened yet, considering the state of Reactor 4. But for many, it is already too late. The initial explosions and spent fuel pool fires may have already sealed the fate of millions of people. Time will tell. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being honest.
AFTER 2 1/2 YEARS, THIS IS THE "PROGRESS"?
WHY IS THE WORLD STANDING BACK AND IGNORING THIS?
[THE ORIGINAL POST IS BELOW, BUT NOW THAT TEPCO HAS ADMITTED IT'S BEEN LYING QUITE A LOT ABOUT THINGS I CAN'T VERIFY WHAT IS TRUE, SO ASSUME NOT MUCH THEY SAID PRIOR TO AUGUST HAS BEEN CORRECT....IT IS MUCH, MUCH WORSE THAN THEY TOLD US PRIOR TO AUG.1, 2013.]
Japanese experts say that Fukushima is currently releasing up to 93 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium into the ocean each day.
Specifically, Tepco very recently transferred many more radioactive spent fuel rods into the storage pools. According to Associated Press, there were – at the time of the earthquake and tsunami – 3,400 tons of fuel in seven spent fuel pools plus 877 tons of active fuel in the cores of the reactors.
That totals 4,277 tons of nuclear fuel at Fukushima.
Which means that there is almost 24 times more nuclear fuel at Fukushima than Chernobyl."
"'Fallout levels measured at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) appear to be the highest since shortly after the Fukushima crisis occurred.
Should Hawaii be concerned? Is our Department of Health still measuring fallout regularly?'"
THE ANSWERS ARE YES, HAWAII SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED, AS RADIATION LEVELS THERE ROSE 20% IN ONE MONTH, AND NO, IF THE U.S. IS MEASURING THE CHANGES, NO ONE IS SOUNDING THE ALARMS, ALTHOUGH SEAL PUPS, FISH, INFANT WHALES, EVEN SEAWEED DYING OFF THE WEST COAST HAVE SHOWN VERY HIGH LEVELS OF RADIATION IN THE PAST MONTH.
FARMERS, RANCHERS, GARDENERS ALL ACROSS AMERICA ARE STILL FINDING MUTATIONS IN CROPS AND ANIMALS, IN INSECTS AND LOCAL PLANTS FROM THIS CONTINUOUS RADIATION, AND WE STILL HAVE AN INCREASE IN BIRTH DEFECTS IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY ON THE WEST COAST.
WHAT DO THE SO-CALLED SCIENTISTS IN AMERICA THINK...THAT IF THEY IGNORE THIS, IT WILL GO AWAY?
IT'S JUST GETTING WORSE!
"'Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the U.S., and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation, the study said. Even worse, other conditions affecting babies born in that time frame may have been caused or worsened by Fukushima, the researchers said. Experts suggest that parents of children born in the western United States or Pacific regions in March or April 2011 get their children checked by a pediatrician for congenital hypothyroidism.'"http://healthyliving.msn.com/blogs/daily-apple-blog-post?post=7e99ec99-b07c-4784-937c-b71c94fa6788&_nwpt=1
14,000 AMERICAN DEATHS BLAMED ON FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT!
THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY AND HEALTH HAS A PDF STATING THIS NUMBER...
This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.
WHY IS NO ACTION BEING TAKEN BY THE INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR COMMUNITY TO INFORM US EACH DAY ABOUT THESE SPIKES AND THE INCREDIBLE LEAKS AND/OR INTENTIONAL DUMPING OF CONTAMINATED MATERIAL INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN?
JAPAN HAS RUN OUT OF ROOM TO STORE THE CONTAMINATED WATER FROM THE DAMAGED POWER PLANT AT FUKUSHIMA AND HAS "ASKED PERMISSION" TO DUMP IT INTO THE OCEAN.THEY EVEN APOLOGIZED TO LOCAL FISHERMEN FOR HAVING TO TAKE THIS STEP!
THEY HAVE BEEN STORING THIS CONTAMINATED WATER IN EARTHEN POOLS WITH A THINNER PVC LINER THAN IS MANDATED FOR HAWAIIAN KOI PONDS, A LITTLE THICKER THAN AMERICAN GARBAGE BAGS! WHEREVER THE "CONTAINMENT POOLS" ARE DUG, HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE WATER IS GETTING INTO THE SOIL AND TEPCO KNOWS THIS!
HOW MUCH LESS CAN TEPCO CARE ABOUT WHAT THIS IS DOING TO EVERY BIT OF WATER, AIR, OR SOIL THIS CONTINUING RADIATION IS LEAKING INTO?
PROBLEM IS, IT'S BEEN LEAKING AT AN ADMITTED RATE OF 75 GALLONS PER MINUTE FOR A VERY LONG TIME, BUT SOME SAY IT IS MUCH WORSE THAN THAT.
JAPAN HAS NOW RAISED THE "ACCEPTABLE LEVELS" OF RADIATION TO DANGEROUSLY HIGH AMOUNTS.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/04/government-reacts-to-fukushima-radiation-crisis-by-raising-acceptable-radiation-standards-instead-of-fixing-anything.html<<Government Reacts to Fukushima Radiation Crisis By Raising Acceptable Radiation Standards … Instead of Fixing Anything
So what has the American government done to protect us?It has pressured the Japanese government to re-start its nuclear program, and is allowing Fukushima seafood to be sold in the U.S.
And U.S. nuclear regulators actually weakened safety standards for U.S. nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster.
Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed — up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards.
Failed cables. Busted seals. Broken nozzles, clogged screens, cracked concrete, dented containers, corroded metals and rusty underground pipes — all of these and thousands of other problems linked to aging were uncovered in the AP's yearlong investigation. And all of them could escalate dangers in the event of an accident.
Yet despite the many problems linked to aging, not a single official body in government or industry has studied the overall frequency and potential impact on safety of such breakdowns in recent years, even as the NRC has extended the licenses of dozens of reactors.
Medical doctor Helen Caldicott notes:
The radiation guides (called Protective Action Guides or PAGs) allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These guides govern evacuations, shelter-in-place orders, food restrictions and other actions following a wide range of “radiological emergencies.” The Obama administration blocked a version of these PAGs from going into effect during its first days in office. The version given approval late last Friday is substantially similar to those proposed under Bush, but duck some of the most controversial aspects:
- In soil, the PAGs allow long-term public exposure to radiation in amounts as high as 2,000 millirems. This would, in effect, increase a longstanding 1 in 10,000 person cancer rate to a rate of 1 in 23 persons exposed over a 30-year period;
- In water, the PAGs punt on an exact new standard and EPA “continues to seek input on this.” But the thrust of the PAGs is to give on-site authorities much greater “flexibility” in setting aside established limits; and
- Resolves an internal fight inside EPA between nuclear versus public health specialists in favor of the former. The PAGs are the product of Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator for air and radiation whose nomination to serve as EPA Administrator is taken up this week by the Senate.
- Despite the years-long internal fight, this is the first public official display of these guides. This takes place as Japan grapples with these same issues in the two years following its Fukushima nuclear disaster.
TEPCO AND THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ARE DOING THE SAME, OR WORSE OVER THERE!
THEY HAVE RESORTED TO GETTING WORKERS FROM AMONG THE HOMELESS TO "REPAIR" THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, FUKUSHIMA! UNTRAINED BEFORE THEY ARE HIRED, THE NEW WORKERS KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE A DISASTER OF THIS SCALE! PROBLEM IS, WHO, IN THEIR RIGHT MIND, WOULD EVEN ATTEMPT "CLEANUP" ON A SITE THAT "HOT", THAT CONTAMINATED, THAT DEADLY?
Prior to the accident, the maximum permissible dose for Japanese nuclear workers was 100 mSv in any one year, but on 15 March 2011, the Japanese Health and Labor Ministry enforced the permitted 250 mSv limit, in light of the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
[Bradsher, Keith; Tabuchi, Hiroko (16 March 2011), Asia, "Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers", The New York Times (NY, USA)]
WHAT DO THEY THINK HIRING UNTRAINED HOMELESS MEN WILL SOLVE?
NURSING HOME RESIDENTS NEAR THE PLANT ARE DYING AT RATES THREE TIMES THE PAST "NORM", AND THE EVIDENCE OF HOW THE "HARMLESS LEVELS" ARE AFFECTING CHILDREN ARE INCREASINGLY EVIDENT, EVEN DOWN TO FLATTENED FEET, A SIGN THE CHILDREN ARE WALKING ON VERY CONTAMINATED, RADIOACTIVE SOIL
TOKYO RESIDENTS ARE ALARMED AT THE HUGE SPIKES IN RADIATION THERE, INCREASES THAT WILL ONLY CONTINUE AS FUKUSHIMA CONTINUES TO BE THE UNSOLVABLE PROBLEM.
TEPCO, WHICH OWNS THE PLANT, HAS KNOWINGLY HIDDEN SUCH SPIKES, HIDDEN THE FACT ON AT LEAST THREE OCCASIONS THAT THEY LOST POWER TO THE COOLING UNITS, AND SQUELCHED NEWS OF THE LEAKAGE, EVEN AS MANY CITIZENS OF THE DISASTER AREA REPORT THAT TEPCO AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE PUSHING THEM TO GO BACK INTO THE RADIATED ZONE TO LIVE, AND TO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN BACK.
THE FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS EVEN SEEMS TO BACK THIS IDEA OF SENDING PEOPLE BACK TO TOXIC HOMES TO LIVE!
ONE RESIDENT WROTE:
“The message being passed around is that worrying too much about radiation and the safety of our children actually has a negative effect on them, and that by removing their children from the area mothers run the risk of breaking up their families. People have begun saying ‘For the sake of my child’s health, I’m not going to think about radiation any more.’
“Those who have questions or doubts regarding the information given to them by the government and local authorities come to be thought of as intentionally going against the system. Meanwhile, the people who dare to speak of moving away for their own safety are often considered to be selfish, egotistical beings who are doing little more than abandoning their home towns. I feel like we are all being led in one, incredibly restrictive, direction. We find ourselves in the bizarre situation where those who – without bias or intent – simply want to know more about the current situation and what will happen next, or to learn from the events of the past and go forward, are seen as individuals to be wary of. Thinking independently, experiencing things first-hand, raising issues or making suggestions that go against the grain; it almost feels like all of these things have come to be prohibited.”“The government has created an environment wherein people are going about their daily lives, all the time wondering whether their child will develop cancer or leukemia, yet conditioned not to breathe a word about it. It’s like living in wartime Japan again.”
WHY ARE THEY TREATING THEIR OWN PEOPLE LIKE THIS?
WHY ARE AMERICA'S OFFICIALS DOING THE SAME HERE? 14,000 AMERICANS DIED FROM FUKUSHIMA CONTAMINATION?
May 14th, 2013
A creeping and never ending deadly fog of radiation, invisible to the eye but not to the immune system, continues to blanket the West Coast while its human cost is just beginning to be perceived.
The Washington Blog posed the question on April 13, 2013 ~ Is Fukushima Leaking … Or Are the Reactors Wholly Uncontained?
“You may have heard that Tepco ~ the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plants ~ announced a large leak of radioactive water….. You may have heard that the cooling system in the spent fuel pools at Fukushima has failed for a second time in a month. "
Associated Press notes: ” Experts suspect a continuous leak into the ocean through an underground water system, citing high levels of contamination in fish caught in waters just off the plant. (Tepco graphics of the Fukushima plants even appear to show water directly flowing from the plant to the ocean. And see this.) In fact, Japanese experts say that Fukushima is currently releasing up to 93 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium into the ocean each day. ”
“A quick calculation shows that Chernobyl released around ten thousand times more radioactive cesium each day during the reactor fire. But the Chernobyl fire only lasted 10 days … and the Fukushima release has been ongoing for more than 2 years so far. Indeed, Fukushima has already spewed much more radioactive cesium and iodine 131 than Chernobyl. The amount of radioactive cesium released by Fukushima was some 20-30 times higher than initially admitted.
FUKUSHIMA RADIATION WAS/IS 24 TIMES THAT OF CHERNOBYL!
Fukushima also pumped out huge amounts of radioactive iodine 129 ~ which has a half-life of 15.7 million years. Fukushima has also dumped up to 900 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium-90 ~ which is a powerful internal emitter which mimics calcium and collects in our bones ~ into the ocean. The amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs Chernobyl … and so could keep leaking for decades, centuries or millennia.”
SO, I SUPPOSE WE JUST SIT ABOUT AND WAIT FOR....WHATEVER....?
IF YOU CARE, CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMEN...THEY MAY DO NOTHING, AS THEY HAVE FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW, BUT IF WE KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THEM, MAYBE SOMEONE WILL LISTEN.
OTHERWISE, AS RADIATION LEVELS CONTINUE TO CREEP UPWARD, RADIATION-RELATED ILLNESSES, MUTATIONS, AND DEATHS MAY BECOME THE NEW NORM.
IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE, NO OTHER LINK, AMERICANS, DO READ THIS ONE, AND DO LOOK AT THOSE MAPS...WE MAY BE THE NEXT FUKUSHIMA!
Fukushima radiation dispersal area part/1
ALSO READ HERE:
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/43455859/ns/us_news-environment/#.UcfLENiO6dnALSO FROM AUGUST, 2013....
Japan's Top Nuclear Official: Tepco will never be able to store all the radioactive water at Fukushima plant — They'll end up dumping it into ocean
Wall St. Journal: Official warns Fukushima reactor buildings could "topple" — Tepco's work to change flow of groundwater can form pools below surface that soften the earth
BBC: Water crisis at Fukushima has only just begun — "Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer" — It's rapidly being overwhelmed deep beneath ground (VIDEO)
Wall St. Journal: Fukushima leaks are "massive public health issue" — Obviously this could spread throughout Pacific and get into food supply (VIDEO)
Oregon Health Officials: We are actively monitoring the situation in Japan — We are not 'yet' mobilizing in response to the news — We will respond with enhanced efforts as appropriate
Vice Governor: "Emergency situation" at Fukushima; Tepco has increased the risk of further leaks; Gov't needs to take over — NHK: Officials make "emergency visit" to damaged nuclear plant (VIDEOS)
TV: Nuclear expert says Fukushima "is already beyond Tepco's control" — Gov't concerned leakage to rapidly accelerate (VIDEO)
Asahi: Radioactive contamination 'soaring' in Fukushima groundwater — Strontium and other beta emitters up 4,500% in recent days; Cesium rises nearly 1,500% — Tepco says it doesn't know why levels spiked (VIDEO)
Tepco Press Conference: The situation at Fukushima is bleak — "This discharge is beyond our control"
The Times: "Lethal threat" from Fukushima's highly radioactive water flowing into Pacific Ocean — "A threat to life"
BBC: Flow of radioactive water into Pacific could 'accelerate rapidly' now that barrier is breached at Fukushima plant — Tepco clearly in 'deep trouble'
AP: Strong M6 quake hits Northeast Japan — Rated Upper 5 intensity on scale up to 7 — Tepco says no reports of problems at Fukushima Daiichi (MAP)
Tunnels under Fukushima plant suspected to have quake damage — Allows radioactive water to 'move' into ground — Still holding over 15,000 tons — High-level contamination flowing in from turbine buildings — Tepco "couldn't afford to work on tunnels"