Radioactive water continues to leak into the ocean

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    The operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Saturday that highly radioactive water was leaking from a pit near a reactor into the ocean, which may partially explain the high levels of radioactivity that have been found in seawater off the coast.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it had detected an 8-inch crack in the concrete pit holding power cables near reactor No. 2 and was working to seal the fracture. Tepco said the water was coming directly from the reactor and the radiation level was 1,000 millisieverts an hour. The annual limit of radiation exposure allowed for Fukushima workers is 250 millisieverts.

    Workers pumped concrete into the shaft Saturday, but by the end of the day, the flow of water into the ocean had not diminished. Engineers speculated that the water was preventing the concrete from setting, allowing it to all be washed away.

    Tepco officials said that on Sunday morning they would explore using a polymer -- a type of quick-setting plastic -- in an attempt to plug the leak.

    After spraying thousands of tons of water on the reactors at Fukushima over the last three weeks to keep the facility from overheating and releasing dangerous amounts of radiation over a wide area, the utility is faced with the problem of great volumes of contaminated water.

    With storage tanks at the facility nearing capacity, Tepco is contemplating storing the water in a giant artificial floating island offshore, Kyodo news reported.

    Japan radiation leak: Concrete fails to plug leak at Fukushima nuclear plant - latimes.com
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di3CLFj6_Ag]YouTube - The Firm - Radioactive[/ame]






    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPBbMbKSZrQ]YouTube - Kings Of Leon - Radioactive[/ame]
     
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    Godzilla will be pissed!
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvRpuWuIukE&NR=1&feature=fvwp]YouTube - Godzilla Laugh[/ame]
     
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    Not to mention Gamera!
     
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    What is truly insidious is that radiation is accumulative. The testing just after the reactors leaking showed radiation reaching our West coast. It has been added to every second to the environment since then and now you hear NOTHING about it. People are fucking fools to believe that what happened was a one time event that will now go away. They claim this will go on for months. I wonder how the American public will feel about this as the radiation levels steadily grow from insignificant to dangerous. The Japanese current goes North from Japan and down the coast to California. You won't want to eat Crab or Salmon in about a year. Or maybe NEVER after that.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right...

    ... an it gonna kill a third of the fish inna oceans...

    ... just like it says in Revelation inna Bible...

    ... an' den Jesus gonna come an' remove all dem lefty lib'rals...

    ... an' throw `em inna lake o' fire."
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    :eusa_hand: Don't worry, Chris, it's just media hype.
     
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    And now they are giving up on trying to contain the water, and they're just going to go ahead and dump it in the ocean.
     
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    And radioactivity causes mutations in living things. What kind of monsters can we expect to come forth from these radioactive seas? You talk about Godzilla and the future may include something like it. Maybe not so giant and all that but there will be mutation of the sea life.
     

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