The tank had water to 98% of capacity / Tepco “Can’t reduce due to the serious shortage of water storage”

Following up this article.. Tepco to re-interrogate 43 workers about 100 m3 overflow [URL]


The overflowed tank had contaminated water up to 98% of its capacity before the overflowing accident, according to Tepco.

The primary cause of the overflow was because additional water was lead in due to the mis-operation, however there was the background that the tank was already nearly full since before. There is a risk that even other tanks can overflow in the potential earthquakes.


In the working group of 2/24/2014, NRA (Nuclear Regulation Authority) required Tepco to reduce the water level in the tanks to 95%.

However Tepco rejected their request “because of the shortage of contaminated water storage”.

Having contaminated water endlessly increasing, Tepco is having to use even the buffer capacity of the 3% (98% – 95%).


Downplay it in the beginning, and quietly add more information so nobody notices it. All for not letting the cattle escape. This is their strategy.


Français :

La citerne était pleine à 98 % / Tepco : “pouvait pas faire moins à cause de la pénurie grave d’espace de stockage”


Article lié : Tepco ré-interroge 43 travailleurs sur le débordement des 100 m³

La citerne qui a débordé était remplie à 98 % d’eau extrêmement radioactive avant l’accident, selon Tepco.
La cause principale du débordement a été un remplissage supplémentaire à cause d’une erreur opératoire, néanmoins, le contexte était que la citerne était quasiment pleine avant. Il y a même un risque que d’autres citernes débordent sur un tremblement de terre.

Au cours de la réunion de travail du 24 février 2014, la NRA (Nuclear Regulation Authority) a ordonné à Tepco de réduire à 95 % le remplissage des citernes.
Or, Tepco a rejeté leur ordre “à cause de la pénurie d’espace de stockage des eaux extrêmement radioactives.”
Tepco en vient même à utiliser l’espace tampon de 3 % (98 – 95 %) parce que les eaux extrêmement radioactives augmentent sans cesse.

Le minimiser au début et ajouter tranquillement de nouvelles information pour que personne ne le remarque. Tout pour que le troupeau ne s’échappe pas. C’est leur stratégie.

  1. This is a total mess. No understanding, no planning, no budget. It looks like a 6 months old baby in a padding pool.

  2. One big earthquake will send a tsunami of highly radioactive water streaming across the plant. Then what? Will the plant even be accessible? This is quite apart from the risk of collapsed spent fuel pools etc.

  3. And TEPCO doing a witch hunt to see how/if a valve got moved by a worker. For 100 cubic meters of water..when TEPCO is happily dumping 100s of tons on purpose well as not able to control the other groundwater flows into the ocean. Give us a break! All TEPCO will get is more workers with SLOW work one will move an inch unless TEPCO says jump..and then SIGNS for the action. TEPCO can not have its cake and eat it as well..they need to train and provide guidence to workers.If a new worker is not trained, they can not respond correctly. Its a nightmare at the plant..with little or no guidence..and am willing to say, NO CORRECT engineering documents. Wonder when workers will ask for the engineering show what they are supposed to do..and how to do it..

  4. @JEC

    so right!
    It reminds me the battery story for the backup generator that the TEPCO employees could not buy because they did not have their department did not have the budget to buy or something like that.
    They could let to whole site degenerate enough to become off totally off limit and spiral into new explosions from there on, the same way.

    1. And the plant manager..I think he provided his PRIVATE credit card..he later died of cancer..and was refused medical disablity because it was not ‘due to Fukushima’..his dosimeter was not high enough. One has to any of the dosimeters register ALPHA..the stuff that gives you internal contamination if you breath throat/lung and stomach cancer…to start with.

      1. incredible. And a journalist here in a major mass media press just wrote an article complaining about the paranoia around Fukushima. Actually, the dangers are far worst. He has no idea what he is writing about, just interviewed a few PR guys working in the nuclear industry who said everything is fine and the nuclear world is perfect. Yet, the even hide that real people really die from this stuff. I hope my family is going to be safe. People are far too negligent.

  5. – Only the people of Japan can change this issue.

    TEPCO is governed by the political leadership of Japan

    The political leadership of Japan is the Liberal Democratic Party

    The Liberal Democratic Party is led by Abe

    Abe leads the governance of TEPCO

    Abe views the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as closed, and the radiation contained within the boundary of the plant. And the job of the Nuclear Regulation Authority is to restart the nuclear power plants as fast as possible

    1. EPA Preview for USA

      The actions of the Japan Government mirror the expectations of the IAEA, WHO and USA EPA. This is a policy preview for future USA nuclear fallout contamination; whether triggered by war (Ukraine) or nuclear power plant disaster. Cancer, heart failure, and death are the inevitable consequence.

      http ajw asahi com/ (article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201402250071)

      Radioactive cesium of mind-boggling 370,000 becquerels per kilogram of soil has been detected in the mud of the Myotoishi reservoir in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture [55 km from Fukushima Daiichi]. The reservoir is ringed by homes and a community center. – Very high levels of accumulated radioactive cesium have been detected in the mud of hundreds of reservoirs used to irrigate farmland in Fukushima Prefecture

      Of the 14 reservoirs where cesium contamination exceeds 100,000 becquerels, nine are located in evacuation order zones. The remaining five are situated outside those areas. The highest contamination level of 390,000 becquerels was detected in the Ominamisaku reservoir in the town of Futaba, which is in an evacuation order zone.

      An official of the farm ministry’s disaster preparedness section stated: “The Environment Ministry is in charge of decontamination work. As such, we do not have any plans to decontaminate the mud in those reservoirs.”

  6. Interesting quick summary,

    http www globalresearch ca/ (radiation-the-future-children-of-fukushima/24611)

    The information summaries appears to be generally accurate, if memory serves. I have not verified every data point and/or detail.


    Bill Duff

    1. Mr Bill Duff posts unverified data. It’s accurate according to his memory, which remembers the ‘Great Radionuclide Storm of 2011’ which turned the skies in the US orange, but was only noticed by Mr Bill Duff.

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


March 2014