Further problems of radioactive leaks with tank farm at Fukushima Daiichi

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Fukushima Daiichi barrier leak
A photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Company of one of the leaking joint locations at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in December of 2013.

Tokyo Electric officials announced that they found water coming from foundation joints of the barrier wall which surrounds tanks storing highly contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Some 2.6 tons of radioactive water is estimated to have leaked at 4 separate locations.  According to TEPCO, it was found to contain up to 190 becquerels per liter of strontium 90, which is 19 times the allowed national limits.

Preliminary analysis leads investigators to believe that the leakage was caused by deteriorating joints.  The seams where the barrier met the concrete pad had been sealed with resin.

In October, TEPCO was forced to raise the barrier after heavy rains caused contaminated water to overflow the barriers.  The new leaks were not caused by overflow and may require TEPCO roll out new countermeasures.

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  1. Scientists Link Spike in Thyroid Disease to Fukushima Disaster
    December 23, 2013 The Real News

    We looked at California and we looked at the changes in the rates of hypothyroidism for the 9 months after Fukushima compared to the previous year, and we found a 26 percent increase in the rate of hypothyroidism.

    The Fukushima Medical University have taken 200,000 children under age 18 who live relatively close to Fukushima, and they tested for two things. The first they tested for was thyroid cancer. And they have found up to 59 children have thyroid cancer. In a normal–we would expect 1 or 2.

    Second thing that they found is they through ultrasound look at the child’s thyroid gland for precancerous lumps what they call cysts and nodules. And so far, 56 percent of children near Fukushima do in fact have a precancerous cyst or a nodule. And every year it gets higher–2 years ago, 35 percent, last year 45 percent, this year 56 percent.


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