– Cesium near Fukushima reported to be many times higher than claimed by Tepco — Levels rising further away from plant — Professor: After quake as big as last week there’s concern about stuff breaking and leakage getting worse (ENENews, Oct 29, 2013):
The State News (Michigan State University), Oct. 29, 2013: […] a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rumbling the Pacific Ocean about 200 miles from the coast of Fukushima, Japan — a situation that caught the attention of MSU students and experts. […] . […] “It’s likely the earthquakes will continue for years in the same general region,” [MSU geological professor Kazuya Fujita] said. “Things are adjusting from the March of 2011 movements — now we have a lot of earthquakes that are kind of adjusting stresses and things like that are jostling around to readjust.” […] [Japan Club president Joseph] Canty said the students from Tokyo are worried about the potential radiation issues […] “They still haven’t gotten the whole water leak situation under control, so any time you have anything this big, you have to have some concern that some of the stuff that haven’t been fixed or poorly fixed may break and the leakage may continue or get worse,” Fujita said. […]
DW (Deutsche Welle), Oct. 25, 2013 (Emphasis Added): […] [Tepco] confirmed Tuesday that radioactive cesium had again been detected about one kilometer offshore from the Fukushima nuclear plant […] 1.6 becquerels of Cesium-137 per liter [1,600 becquerels per cubic meter] of seawater on October 18 […] Environmental groups have disputed the assessment of the situation and point out that rising levels of cesium further away from the facility undermine the repeated assurances of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […] [A senior scientist in the Oceanography and Geochemistry Department of the Japan Meteorological Research Institute] said water at the surface of the Pacific in the late 1960s contained between 10 and 100 becquerels of cesium-137 per cubic meter. Before March 2011, that concentration had diffused to between 1 and 2 becquerels per cubic meter of sea water. And while levels spiked to 10 million becquerels per cubic meter very close to Fukushima immediately after the disaster, it has fallen to 10,000 becquerels per cubic meter today. In June 2012, Dr. [Michio] Aoyama found levels 2,000 km from the plant to be just 10 becquerels per cubic meter.
More from Dr. Aoyama: Experts: Fukushima contamination data wrong, may be 1,000% of levels reported by gov’t and Tepco — 60 billion becquerels of strontium and cesium claimed to be flowing to ‘outer ocean’ each day