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Japan Tsunami

 

Electricity has been restored to three reactors at the Japanese nuclear plant wrecked by fire and explosions after the 11 march quake and tsunami. However the cooling systems are not yet operating and the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said the situation “remains very serious”.

The death toll from Japan's quake and tsunami has risen to 9,523. Another 16,094 people are listed as missing

 

In a rare piece of good news, an 80-year-old woman and her grandson were found alive on Sunday in the rubble of their home in Ishinomaki city, where they were trapped for nine days.

FUKUSHIMA UPDATE

·         REACTOR 1: FUEL RODS DAMAGE D AFTER EXPLOSION. POWER LINE ATTACHED.

 

·         REACTOR 2:  DAMAGE TO THE CORE, PROPOMTED BY A BLAST, HELPED TRIGGER RISING OF THE NUCLEARALERT LEVEL. POWER LINES ATTACHED.

 

·         REACTOR3: CONTAINS PLUTONTIUM, CORE DAMAGED BY EXPLOSION. FUEL PONDS REFILLED WITH WATER IN OPERATION.

 

·         REACTOR 4: HIT BY EXPOSION AND FIRE, TEMPERATURE OF SPENT FUEL POND NOW SAID TO HAVE DROPPED AFTER WATER SPRAYING.

 

·         REACTORS 5 & 6: TEMPERTURE OF SPENT FUEL POOLS NOW LOWERED AFTER RISING DANGEROUSLY HIGH. DIESEL GENERATORS POWERLING COOLING SYSTEMS.

 

INTERVIEW

Betty said “when it all hit I was in town, so no water hit but we felt a little bit of the earthquake. We had to be air lifted and it was around 6 o’clock but I never got home until 12 if not later. I got home and there was only a little bit of mess.”

An estimated 500,000 people have been made homeless in the disaster.

More than 350,000 people are living in evacuation centres in northern and eastern Japan.

Reports said the smoke appeared to have come from a pool where the reactors spent fuel rods are kept.

 Nearly 900,000 households are still without water.

 

The death toll from Japan's quake and tsunami has risen to 9,523. Another 16,094 people are listed as missing

 

In a rare piece of good news, an 80-year-old woman and her grandson were found alive on Sunday in the rubble of their home in Ishinomaki city, where they were trapped for nine days.

 

Opinions on the Japan Tsunami

‘’Maybe the generation who know nothing of the cold war are growing up with a different perspective on radiation?’’

Roger Sonnex, Tokyo, Japan – On Radiation:

‘’A professor of risk might muse why this installation was not designed for what is a 1000 year event. I am sure that he knows - given the high cost associated with failure – how stupid that was. Could it be because we do not know how to design to survive a magnitude 9.0 with tsunami? Let us not forget that nuclear fuel has to be stored for 10’s of thousands of years before it is safe. I shudder to think what a 10,000 year event would be.’’

Many people think that the death toll will reach 20,000 and there are many people missing so it may reach to that number!

Luca:

‘’It’s really tragic, the Japanese should of known it was coming and they should of sent out their rescue teams earlier without worrying about the aftershock!’’

 

-          Article By Nelson

 

 

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