They are turning ground into quicksand at Fukushima plant — Engineers warn reactor units may topple.
At 4:10 in
Thom Hartmann, Host: So what's the fate and future Fukushima first of all?
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear: [...] In the context of what's going on now with the groundwater flooding of the site — because one of their mitigation measures which is pretty not very well thought out, was building a seawall by freezing the ground — and guess what? The groundwater is piling up behind the seawall. [...] by backing up the water under the entire site, they are turning the ground into quicksand. And that's causing less stability — more instability. There are structural engineers and nuclear engineers warning that may be the final straw that's needed to topple not only Unit 4, but perhaps some of those other destroyed units with their high-level radioactive waste stored in pools fifty feet up in the air.[...] If that [Unit 4] pool goes down — enough of that fuel is still in there — it'll be on fire [...]
Hartmann: And the prevailing winds and the prevailing ocean currents take water from the coast of Japan where?
Kamps: To North America. Within days of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe beginning, we were getting fallout coming down in rain in the United States — not in insignificant quantities. And also, of course, the seafood. Not only does the ocean's currents bring the radioactivity this way, but also the sea life itself. The blue fin tuna migrated from Japan to North America and carried the radioactive cesium in its flesh over here.
Title: Interview with Kevin Kamps
Source: Thom Hartmann Program
Date: August 12th, 2013
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Japan Official: Fukushima reactor buildings could "topple" — Tepco's work to change flow of groundwater can form pools below surface that soften the earth
Title: Japan Nuclear Plant's Battle to Contain Radioactive Water
Source: Wall St Journal
Authors: MARI IWATA and PHRED DVORAK
Date: August 6, 2013
[...] as [Tepco] prepares this week to start work on a new set of measures that would ring off and cap the area where the most highly contaminated water has been found, some experts and regulators are saying that the battle to completely contain radioactivity to the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents may be a losing one. [...]
It's preparing to extend the underground hardened-earth barrier in a ring around the most heavily contaminated section of coastline, in hopes of heading groundwater off before it can flood in. Tepco is also proposing to cap that ringed section with gravel and asphalt, so nothing gets out. The operator is hoping to get an initial ring of hardened ground done by October. [...]
But there's a risk to changing the flow of groundwater in the ways that Tepco is considering, said Tatsuya Shinkawa, nuclear accident response director of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, at a news conference last month. The water could pool dangerously underground, softening the earth and potentially toppling the reactor buildings, he said. [...]
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
Title: Fukushima radioactive water leak an 'emergency'
Source: BBC News
Date: August 6, 2013
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, BBC News, Tokyo: [...] Engineers are now facing a new emergency. The Fukushima plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer. Deep beneath the ground, the site is rapidly being overwhelmed by water. [...]
It's now so high, the water will soon reach the surface. Then it will start flowing over-ground into the sea. [...]
Even if the government does step in, it's not clear what it could do. The only other solution is to pump out the contaminated groundwater and put it in storage tanks. [...] Most of them are already filled up.
At least 400 tons of new water pours into the site every day. It's going to continue for years and years.
Fukushima's water crisis has only just begun.
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