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Radioactive groundwater under Fukushima plant nears sea

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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The looming crisis is potentially far greater than ....

Remove potentially and you get the real actual situation!

Not nice not cool, but a fact than need to be addressed for the next decades. But Tokyo is still deaf about that. Until...?

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experts fear it is about to reach the Pacific

Been there. Done that.

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Nuclear power in the end is not any cheaper than conventional fossil fuels. Will have to reassess whether I will continue eating fish from Japan.

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According to the latest news, the Mitsubishi Group is considering to assist in the Fukushima (radioactive groundwater) crisis.

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So far, we don’t have convincing data that confirm a leak from the turbine buildings.

Read: we do actually have data confirming a leak from the turbine buildings, and we're delaying its release.

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In a country with so many earthquakes and tsunami, its obvious that if you go nuclear, you should pay a bit more for thorium and not build four times more plants than you actually need.

One would think that Japan, having been the only country in the world to experience widespread radiation sickness, would take all this more seriously.

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So now, all of us living in Japan, are sitting on a "time-bomb"...

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I think the reactor is simply overreacting like TEPCO. I think the reactor should simply accept TEPCO's deeply sincere appology and stop trying to capture attention of busy people and accept the coomon belief of most people that it is simply not there problem so why should they care? I think it is sad that our children chidrens children and so will think differently. What right do any of us have to leave this and or other future nuclear problems to future generations? Ok I know theanswe, everyone with power is to tied up sharing the Olympic dream.

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So, TEPCO hasn't provided the details scientists need to fully assess the situation. What does this tell you? It tells you they are concealing a lot more than they want to expose. Clearly, they have no solid plan on how to deal with this and they are just trying to cover their tracks. They should be jailed!!!

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Eventually, contaminated water must be thrown into the ocean and diluted. There is no other solution. Today's science cannnot neutralized radio active materials and cannot confine the radio active materials permanently.

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Most fishing in the area is already banned

The non-radioactive fish are the ones that got away.

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Reservoir? What reservoir? First I remember hearing of this!

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What a massive toilet, how handy it's so close to the Pacific, no need for treatment, just flush.

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Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when there were any modals like might and could, and when the water HAD leaked into the sea. Or is this different contaminated water, or a subsection of contaminated water, or have we entered a time warp. I'm confused.

Japan Today (not long ago) http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/abe-orders-govt-to-help-contain-toxic-water-at-fukushima-plant

NHK (July) <http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsline/201307232005.html >

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tick tick tick

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TEPCO probably should not be criticized so severely, because nuclear power plants had to have Govt. approval. It is just a case of extreme greed winning over extreme caution.Whatever happens is just the story of "Life and the consequences of birth on planet Earth Prison". Read world history and find the horror of endless wars and killings of many thousands of ordinary civilians. Read your daily paper and see daily tragedies.

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nears sea... Durrrrrrr..... what about all of the countless cubic tons that have ALREADY REACHED the sea. Baka Nihon!

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The Pacific Ocean has a volume of around 7,241,760,000,000,000,000 liters. If it is unlikely that contaminated water ican be stopped leaking into the ocean, so they perhaps mixing things up would dilute its effects. Don't know how ocean currents and mixing works but perhaps all will be cleansed by the ocean?

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Most of the 300 tons is believed to have seeped into the ground...

I don't know... maybe it's the fault of my 4th grade science teacher. I have a vision of some cheesy chart showing precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, percolation, etc. etched somewhere in my brain. I learned that when water seeps into the ground, it continues down until it reaches the water table, where it flows along with the ground water, out to rivers and the sea.

Did I misunderstand, or does that not happen in Japan? Does water that seeps into the ground here just disappear because you can't see it?

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When local system of ground water become contaminated, it will be a real national catastrophe.

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Yes, as the weather gets colder, you will really see the heat (as steam) coming from the plant and the world will be shocked.They will actually see how negligent Tepco has actually been. It is sad these people decided to pollute the northern hemisphere to save a few million dollars, please worry now humans.

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I doubt that, John. it will be a case of, "Oh, it's just a bit of steam."

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How much area is needed to stock contaminated water? Is it dangeous for us to live in north-east Japan? Or Japan? How serious those groundwater and sea water have influence for us? We lack a clear view.

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Look up the word Bioaccumulation

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Japan is afraid to let the world know how bad the situation is. It will mean that people will not buy products from Japan. The problem is that there are real dangers. Face towel, How much area is needed to stock contaminated water. At the rate they are contaminating water it will take the ocean to contain it and that will not be enough. Nuclear reactors are a very serious thing as the contamination lasts for hundreds of thousands of years. Japan will not do what is necessary to solve the problem out of pride. If Japan asks for help, how can Abe sell Japan's nuclear safety? Soon we will have mutant ninja turtles

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I propose we do the olympics in fukushima, possibly directly inside the sea. surely this government's got their priorities right. NOT!!!!!!!

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If they are saying it is close, that means it has been happening for the last two years, count on it.

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I don't as much know it will go badly or not. Is the crisis level keep growing up?

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I guess it is impossible to measure the water going in and then coming out due to evaporation?? So just how do they know how much water is leaking out?? Just thinking out loud

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water that began spilling from the plant’s reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea.

Cut the delay of information tactics. In other words it has already contaminated the Pacific Ocean and has done so for some time now. Then again best not to cause panic.

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It seems people THINK this is a very very small problem, but i beg to differ, there are still TONS of highly radioactive goo still cooking that has already burned through the bottom containment housing of said reactors, Mark I reactor diagrams should be plastered on everyone's foreheads so they would truly know what is going on and how dire the situation is. THIS is not over, Its just begun, may your god help you humans

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