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Japan Begins Purposely Dumping 100s Of Tons Of Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into The Pacific

Fukushima Radiation - University Of New South WalesHow do you get rid of hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water?  You dump it into the Pacific Ocean of course!  In Japan, the  Tokyo Electric Power Co. has made the “painful decision” to begin purposely dumping massive amounts of radioactive water currently being stored at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility directly into the Pacific.  This is being done even though water radiation levels near Fukushima spiked to a brand new all-time record high just a few days ago.  The radioactive material that is being released will enter our food chain and will potentially stay with us for decades to come.  Fukushima is an environmental nightmare that never seems to end, but the mainstream media in the United States decided to pretty much stop talking about it long ago.  So don’t expect the big news networks to make a big deal out of the fact that Japan is choosing to use the Pacific Ocean as a toilet for their nuclear waste.  But even though they aren’t talking about it, that doesn’t mean that radioactive material from Fukushima is not seriously affecting the health of millions of people all over the planet.

According to the Japan Times, Tepco released 560 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific on Wednesday, and Tepco says that for the foreseeable future we should expect another 100 tons of radioactive water to be released into the ocean every single day…

Tokyo Electric Power Co. began dumping groundwater from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the Pacific on Wednesday, in a bid to manage the huge amounts of radioactive water that have built up at the complex.

The utility, which says the water discharged is within legal radiation safety limits, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima No. 1 was decimated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Tepco said 560 tons of groundwater captured and stored before it entered reactor building basements was to be released Wednesday, using a bypass system that funnels it toward the ocean after checking for radiation levels.

Using the bypass, Tepco hopes to divert an average of 100 tons of untainted groundwater a day into the ocean.

Tepco is assuring us that the radioactive water that is being released is within “legal radiation safety limits”.

But this is the same company that could not tell us why radiation levels in water near Fukushima reached a new all-time high just a few days ago…

Radiation has spiked to all-time highs at five monitoring points in waters adjacent to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday.

The measurements follow similar highs detected in groundwater at the plant. Officials of Tepco, as the utility is known, said the cause of the seawater spike is unknown.

Three of the monitoring sites are inside the wrecked plant’s adjacent port, which ships once used to supply it.

At one sampling point in the port, between the water intakes for the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, 1,900 becquerels per liter of tritium was detected Monday, up from a previous high of 1,400 becquerels measured on April 14, Tepco said.

Nearby, also within the port, tritium levels were found to have spiked to 1,400 becquerels, from a previous high of 1,200 becquerels.

So do you trust Tepco?

I certainly do not.

And this is not just a Japanese issue.  Radioactive material from Fukushima has literally been found all over the planet.  For example, a nuclear fuel fragment from Fukushima has been found as far away as Norway.

Once this radioactive material gets into the ocean and into our food chain, there is no telling where it may end up.

If the mainstream media really did care about “the environment”, they would be talking about this.  But instead, there seems to be a conspiracy of silence.  Just consider the comments that Martin Fackler of the New York Times made during one recent interview…

Yeah… it’s so hard in Japan to talk about the radiation issue, like how bad is it really… There is a sense that if you even talk about these issues, you’re hurting the poor people of Fuksuhima. Therefore, we shouldn’t talk about it. That’s just not right… The folks who don’t want us to talk about it are the government, because they don’t want to pay compensation… I feel like there is a lot going on in Fukushima that just doesn’t get talked about in the local media, not necessarily for government cover-up sort of issues, but self restraint or self censorship. Even papers that are pretty strong in their reporting on Tepco in some ways, like the Tokyo Shimbun, won’t talk about these issues because they’re afraid that somehow its unpatriotic to talk about radiation. There’s a lot of questions and issues that are not being talked about, and I think they should be talked and if there is damage to the people of Fukushima that’s the responsibility of Tepco…

And the U.S. media certainly doesn’t seem to want to talk about how radiation from Fukushima could be affecting the west coast of our country.

But the evidence continues to mount that something very unusual is happening.

Just consider what is happening to young sea lions along the coast of California

Sea lions are once again struggling to survive and are washing ashore, many of them pups dehydrated, malnourished and on the brink of death.

The year started off quieter than last year, and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s director of development, Melissa Sciacca, thought they were in the clear – until about a month ago, when the calls started coming in nonstop. The center, in Laguna Beach, is near capacity, with about 100 sea lions being treated so they can be returned to the wild once they are strong enough.

“We thought it was going to be a nice calm year; in the last month it’s just spiked,” she said. “The rescues just keep coming in at a steady pace.”

And as I wrote about just the other day, something is causing millions of fish to die in mass death events all over the globe right now.

Could Fukushima be a contributing factor?

A lot of people out there are attempting to downplay the impact that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had on the Pacific Ocean.

I believe that this is a huge mistake.

Nuclear radiation causes cancer.

Nuclear radiation kills.

The total amount of nuclear material released from Fukushima just continues to increase and slowly accumulate in our food chain.  When these nuclear particles get into you, they can literally start cooking you from the inside out.  In a previous article, I included a quote from an opinion piece by Helen Caldicott that was published in the Guardian….

Internal radiation, on the other hand, emanates from radioactive elements which enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). After they enter the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, where they continuously irradiate small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years, can induce uncontrolled cell replication – that is, cancer. Further, many of the nuclides remain radioactive in the environment for generations, and ultimately will cause increased incidences of cancer and genetic diseases over time.

Doesn’t that sound lovely?

And it has been documented that radioactive material from Fukushima has been getting into the seafood being sold in North America.

For example, back in 2012 the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being discovered in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…

• 73 percent of the mackerel

• 91 percent of the halibut

• 92 percent of the sardines

• 93 percent of the tuna and eel

• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies

• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish

So why was radiation testing for seafood subsequently shut down in Canada?

Since that time, as I detailed in one of my previous articles, a high school student up in Canada tested seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination.  What she found was absolutely stunning…

A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world.  But that is precisely what has happened.  Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination.  What she discovered was absolutely stunning.  Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation.  So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima?  Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases?

Why aren’t we being warned about this?

Earlier this year, a fish that was caught just off the coast of the Fukushima prefecture was discovered to have 124 times the safe level of radioactive cesium.

But virtually nobody in the mainstream media considers this to be important enough to talk about.

A lot of people seem to think that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is old news.  But in many ways the biggest problems for North America may just be beginning.  For example, according to scientists at the University of South Wales, the main radioactive plume of water from Fukushima has finally crossed the Pacific Ocean and is going to hit our shores at some point during 2014…

The first radioactive ocean plume released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will finally be reaching the shores of the United States some time in 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales — a full three or so years after the date of the disaster.

The following graphics come directly from that study…

Fukushima Radiation - University Of New South Wales

So as the main plume of nuclear radiation reaches our shores, what will that do to our wildlife, our fishing industry and our beaches?

And what kind of danger does this radioactive water pose to those living along the west coast?

These are very important questions, but unfortunately those in power and those working for the mainstream media don’t really want to talk about these things.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

  • DJohn1

    I would figure out what the news media is getting to remain silent. Maybe keeping their jobs . . .

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I think that if we knew the truth about what is going on behind the scenes we would be absolutely shocked.

      Michael

      • DJohn1

        Perhaps. But I spent 41 years as a newspaper printer in the composing room, it would take quite a bit to shock me. The only people that see human life in the raw more than that are policemen doing their duty. You have certainly tried to get the truth out there.

        • djdog

          30 years working as a court reporter in superior court, 8 death penalty cases and every other kind of inhumanity man/woman can do to his fellow man. I would just add that court reporters should be added to your list. We don’t just live it once but three times; in court, doing the transcript and then proof reading it… absolutely mind numbing…

          • DJohn1

            I agree with you. I have several friends that became court reporters. It takes a very special talent to operate that machine.
            I would also include any person working in an city hospital emergency room.

          • jack nichols

            So what?, you have seen allot of death, what’s the point you are somhow very special and have some ultra insight to life?

  • K

    Why the surprise? They will save a lot of money that way. Isn’t that the only thing, so many people think is important? Where is the outrage? From the majority, just crickets.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is true – the silence is deafening.

      Michael

      • Rastus

        For what purpose? I thought this would be the holy grail for the environmentalist wacko’s. Think of all the new laws, regulations, and taxes that the NWO could implement from this. Think of the years the press could have diverted attention away from Barry’s House of scandals. This is one I haven’t been able to figure out yet. Why are they protecting Japan and why attack little o’l carbon dioxide when the elephant (radiation) is right in the room.

        • K2

          There are a lot of environmentalists who protest nuclear power in general. But seems like the lobbies behind this are far stronger than they can take on.

    • krinks

      I was just going to say this. The Republicans of America no doubt would want to give them a medal for creative profit. We see the same thing in a much smaller scale at the fracking sites. Yet not a sound when it comes to protection air, water, or land from these dangerous chemicals.

      • Ken

        “Republicans would give them a medal?” What a wonderful example of irrrational, biased, infantile reasoning.

        • krinks

          Name one profit mode that Republicans stand against. You can’t of course. Profit always comes first.

          • jack nichols

            I think you should return to Kink behavior, you have little ability to reason

          • Ken

            I almost answered you…Then I remembered: Proverbs 26:4

      • jack nichols

        So what’s the point Kink, its the republicans fault? What a dope

    • Kim

      Yeah TEPCO is all about the money. However, there is also an issue of space. Realistically, they simply cannot keep stacking tanks upon tanks of water. Regardless of money, dumping the water “overboard” was a inevitable eventuality.

      • K

        Actually, let’s say the water table is at 60 feet. If you dig a hole fifty feet deep, by twenty miles long, and twenty miles wide. You might be surprised how much that would hold. But you see that would leave all the radiation in their Country. No they would much rather share the radiation with the world. Think how long ago the panama canal was dug. Think of the technology then vs now. It could have been done easily, just not cheaply.

        • Kim

          I don’t believe TEPCO is purposely trying to export its radiation problem to the rest of the world. I do think TEPCO is grossly negligent and incompetent. That said, there is really no place for the water to go and given the liquefaction underneath the plantthey cannot just dig a whole and fill it up with polluted water. Water always finds a way and if it reaches the aquifer that provides drinking water to Tokyo, that’d be a disaster.

          Personally, I think dumping it in the ocean is the only solution at this point. It’s truly a dilemma and there is no end to it.

          • K

            On this we will have to agree to disagree. Tokyo could be evacuated. The destruction of the Pacific basin could actually endanger mankind. I have seen nothing that would indicate, less than another decade to contain all of the damage. Between food and oxygen production, and the current impact. Does the Pacific, have another decade?

          • Kim

            The damage will never be contained. There are only theoretical solutions (like building an ice wall or treating the water with muons from space) and even if TEPCO could somehow contain the cooling water situation, the melted cores, presumably out of containment and fissioning in the earth somewhere, will never be located and contained. I don’t know how long the Pacific Ocean has, but the first time I saw the aerial shots of the water tanks, I knew it was only a matter of time before they’d abandon that course and starting dumping it directly in the ocean. It’s just not logistically possible to keep constructing holding tanks.

          • K2

            Doesnt mean there has to be radio silence.

          • K2

            From the beginning of the leakage.

  • Harry Paranockus

    Oh great. A real Godzilla is coming.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      This is far more serious than a giant lizard.

      Michael

      • Harry Paranockus

        Wad….meet panties.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Break out the lead bikinis.

  • Captain Canuck

    “So why was radiation testing for seafood subsequently shut down in Canada?”

    Because Prime Minister Harper (basically a Canadian Tea Party type…google Reform Party Of Canada to get a better idea),

    has basically turned his back on science in favour of Big Oil and the corporate agenda.

    All Canadian scientists on the west coast have been either muzzled or cut.

    A radioactive Pacific will hamper his plans for the Northern Gateway Oil pipeline.

  • Christine

    I don’t know… population control? By saying nothing about this serious worldwide poison infiltration, governments are actually conveying a lot about their “concern” for their citizens.

    • K2

      The nuclear power industry lobby is behind it. If news of this spreads, it will be catastrophic to the industry.

      • K2

        Add to this the global fishing industry lobby.

        • K3

          The fat lady is about to sing.

          • K2

            Radiation will increase even more.

    • old fart

      To Glow or not to Glow is the question.

  • Undecider

    Headline should be corrected from “begins” to “continues to” dump…

  • evoval

    Hey, just blame Bush!

    • Charles Kahaealohaulaokalani B

      And you’re a racist.

  • Kim

    What choice do they have? It was inevitable that this would happen. They can’t stack make-shift holding tanks from here to Mars, can they? There is no solution to Fukushima Daiichi.

  • DJohn1

    I just have to speculate that after the election with a Republican Majority in both houses of Congress, nothing much will change.
    Only when people start dying from radiation poisoning(way too late to do anything) will the American People wake up to what is going on and form some kind of lynch mob. Not literally a lynch mob, but this Congress might well decide to live somewhere in very secure conditions against the very people they have betrayed.
    I would also speculate martial law will be tried. However when half the military troops families are dead because of their incompetence, where exactly do you think they will go to get protection from the very people they are supposed to represent?
    Thinking things through to their logical conclusions has never been a strong point of some people in public office. This obviously goes beyond any party lines.
    I think impeachment of Obama and officials aware of this problem in public office is the very least of their worries if radiation poisoning both here and Canada becomes a fact. This crosses all party lines and it crosses all levels of society because every individual on the planet will be involved in a terrible tragic event.
    Of course, these same officials think they are safe in nuclear fallout facilities buried 400 or more feet under the ground. And that might be what is going through their minds when they take the safe route of ignoring the problem.

  • Jason7189

    The consequences of this. could literally be Biblical. The ol’ Water Cycle: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation. This affects the Whole World, not just a small piece of the Ocean. It very well might explain….

    Hosea 4:3 “Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field. And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.”

    Zephaniah 1:3 “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” Says the Lord.”

    Ezekiel 38:20 “So that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.”

    There’s mass Animal/Sea life dying and it’s explained away as Global Warming or decreased Oxygen levels, Fireworks scaring Birds…..ect. Small changes in the Ecosystem, will eventually put a strain on all life, including us.

    • jack nichols

      Well at least we have been warned

  • madT

    we are toast….

  • Joe J

    Japan is killing all life in the Pacific ocean.
    In four years the entire Pacific ocean will be dead.
    It is criminal what the government of japan is doing.
    I would not want to be living in California when all the radiation hits the west coast.

    • jack nichols

      So what will happen to costal California?

  • piccadillybabe

    Heard the phrase “near term extinction” as the species that inhabit this earth are now in hospice. We are in a period of cognitive dissonance where nothing is working.

  • DJohn1

    There are men that specialize in disasters in the oil field. I think Japan needs to contact those people and come up with a solution. They are the only engineers competent enough to come up with a solution that will work.
    My fear is those nuclear melted cores will sink to the core of the planet and blow. If that happens, it means the end of the Earth.
    That would explain the silence.
    You are talking top secret if that is the case. If there is a classification over that this would take it.
    If there is a way to contain that core material it is going to take a lot of good engineering to do it. I think it will take a huge sum of money to make this right.
    The choices are few if any.

    • Tom

      I read that the engineers are thinking of trying to “freeze” the ground there. That will take enormous amounts of energy to do. I doubt that will work..
      The plant has been leaking radioactive material since 3/11/11. Nothing has improved. This has the potential to be a real extinction level event. Unlike Yellowstone erupting and the effect being seen immediately, Fukushima is a long, slow poisoning.

  • stingray

    3/4 of water no good

  • FirstGarden

    Could the media be complicit with congressmen, who are lobbied by huge industries like cattle, fisheries, fast food, etc? In the effort to prevent any serious disruption to our already fledgling economy, the silence appears orchestrated.

  • Hiroshi Yamamoto

    I have a solution. Tepco should start to bottle this water and make a Nuka Cola.
    In the case of a media blackout about Fukushima disaster, don’t worry. When some mutated monstrosity like Godzilla will start to decimate West Coast, then we will talk.

  • Charles Kahaealohaulaokalani B

    I don’t know if it’s irony, poetic justice, or what. But being that the Japanese are the only people/race/society to have been subjected to nuclear weapons (Atom Bombs) blowing their people to smithereens, could it be that, on some level, this is their way of saying, “screw you world, let’s see how much you like it?”

  • DavidW

    560 tons of water is about 134,000 gallons. The Pacific ocean is about 187 quintillion gallons. The “all time high” radiation level was 1900 becquerels. That is the equivalent to eating 126 bananas.

    Without a point of reference, this is just scare mongering. The source article states the water discharge was within legal safe radiation limits.

    I don’t want to appear to minimize the disruption to the people who live around the site, nor the need to continue to monitor and report radiation levels, but so far, this disaster has been isolated to TEPCO’s pocketbook, and the people that wive within 20 kilometers of the site.

    • DJohn1

      You are correct but the numbers are deceiving. If you did the same thing in the Atlantic, and it hit the Atlantic Current(Gulf Stream) that radioactive water would travel all over the coastlines of Europe.
      There is a similar current on the Pacific side and Japan is heated by that current. So a river of water flows up and down the coastlines of many countries besides Japan. It is not dilluted by the waters of the Pacific or Indian Oceans. They are connected. The Atlantic side of things is propelled at about 40 miles an hour. I have no idea how fast or how many gallons are involved on the Pacific side. I do think the entire thing is a matter of physics and gravity tides originating between Earth and the Moon. There are two kinds of engineering here. One is to actually measure the radioactivity and the other to just go with the numbers iinvolved. I personally do not trust numbers. Measuring is the only truth we are going find here.

  • Sandbagger

    The only reason for not bringing this to the general public’s knowledge is the government knows it cannot protect us. They don’t want to admit they are powerless to stop the destruction from continuing. And they don’t want to ban the importation/harvesting of foods that contain radiation either because of the lawsuits that would mean.

    It’s a good idea to get your own Geiger counter and check your food. You need to protect yourself as much as possible.

    As for eating out at restaurants, those days are long past if you want to know what’s in your food! (GMO’s, etc.)

    • Kim

      I completely agree with your comment.

  • Terry d’Selkie

    Some of this information is old and inaccurate. Be careful what you read and always look for sources when someone claims something. There are no sources at all in this article. Does it come from Natural News? Just wondering if it is one of those fear mongering articles that does such a good job of putting fear into everyone for NO reason- any reason that is documented…

  • Mark Caldwell

    Promoting new Godzilla movie? Keep it up…

  • Tim

    WITTS has technology available that can render nuclear waste completely inert. Why won’t Japan USE it?