But the revelations have shattered the already brittle notion that TEPCO had a handle on the situation.
The FTs Jonathan Soble reported last month that it was clear TEPCO was withholding the true extent of the newly revealed leaks.
This follows an earlier announcement that 300 tons of radioactive water are still seeping past barriers and into the Pacific every day.
According to NPRs Geoff Brumfiel, the area around the plant is already a dead zone, and the ocean is likely to dilute much of the harmful impact of the leaks.
It beggars belief that TEPCO is even considering it.
An insolvent Fukushima is a problem that goes beyond corporate interests, the paper notes: TEPCO is confronted by massive burdens that far exceed its capability.
In fact the kelp from Corona del Mar contained 40,000,000 bcq/kg of radioactive iodine, as reported in Scientific American several weeks ago. But back to the research: reports in the past week indicate the pollen in southern California is radioactive now too, and it is flying around, and if you live there and go outside, you are breathing it in. Along with fission products blowing over from Japan. But now the winds have turned, so they are heading to the south toward Tokyo and now my concern and my advice to friends that if there is a severe aftershock and the Unit 4 building collapses, leave. v=08tk8Tqqtu UPublished on Oct 7, 2012 by pinksapphiret Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking, there is a possible danger of collapse This includes a sound bite dated Aug. WEBSITE: ENENEWS Related Stories*Breaking Report* Alert! Unit 4 Is Sinking Japan Finds Radioactivity in More Foods From California Japan Diplomat: Ground underneath Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking More than 30 inches in some areas Now in danger of collapse At in Mitsuhei Murata, Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland: Due to its ground has been sinking, Unit 4 is now endangered in collapse.[...] According to secretary of former Prime Minister Kan, the ground level of the building has been sinking 80 cm [31.5 inches] unevenly.
Ambassador to Japan Ichiro Fujisaki, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NRCs Chairman Gregory Jaczko here. And later Maine, Europe, and everywhere in between.
What is even more alarming, however, about the numbers coming in, is that they are from samples taken April 5th, of last year. The biggest problem is what Senator Wyden is all bent out of shape about, even though independent researchers and nuke experts have been warning about this for a year.
We are well beyond where any science has ever gone at that point and nuclear fuel lying on the ground and getting hot is not a condition that anyone has ever analyzed. Because the ground itself has the problem, whether the building can resist a quake bigger than M6 still remains a question.
Than Two Years After The Meltdown, The Situation At Fukushima Remains Frighteningly Out Of Control ROB WILE 14 AUGUST 2013 PM An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site (C) of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea, at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, in this photo taken by Kyodo, August 9, 2013.