Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Nuclear News Japan Nuclear Crisis Deepens

Japan Nuclear News Japan Nuclear Crisis Deepens

The crisis at Japan's damaged nuclear power complex in the northeastern part of the country is worsening.  Top government officials acknowledge further, significantly higher radiation leaks and explosions at a total of three reactors.

* Radiation levels at the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi complex have varied wildly, with a reading of 11,930 microsieverts at the main gate of the plant at 0000 GMT, up from 596 microsieverts as of 0630 GMT.

* Elsewhere at the plant, levels reached as high as 400,000 microsieverts an hour (or 400 millisieverts an hour).

* The government gave no update on the status of a steel container surrounding the core of the plant's No.2 reactor, deemed by observers as most at risk of a meltdown.

* An explosion on Tuesday at the No.2 reactor had caused some damage to its suppression pool, which helps to cool and trap the majority of cesium, iodine, strontium in its water.

The incident at Japan's Fukushimi 1 nuclear plant now rates six on a scale of seriousness - with seven being the highest, according to France's nuclear safety authority.


The explosion at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986 was rated a seven.

A third explosion and fire at the plant caused the release of radiation into the atmosphere earlier on Tuesday.

The country's prime minister Naoto Kan said radiation levels on the east coast had "risen considerably".

People living less than 12 miles (20km) from the complex, which is 155 miles (250km) north of Tokyo, have been told to leave the area.

Tens of thousands of residents have already been evacuated from the zone.


The explosion at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986 was rated a seven.

A third explosion and fire at the plant caused the release of radiation into the atmosphere earlier on Tuesday.

The country's prime minister Naoto Kan said radiation levels on the east coast had "risen considerably".

People living less than 12 miles (20km) from the complex, which is 155 miles (250km) north of Tokyo, have been told to leave the area.

Tens of thousands of residents have already been evacuated from the zone.

Chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference that the levels were high enough to damage people's health.

Those living within a 12 miles to 18km radius of the plant are being urged to stay indoors.




http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/east-pacific/Japan-Nuclear-Crisis-Deepens-117991204.html

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