Breaking: Second Explosion at Nuclear Plant in Japan

Al Jazeera just reported that there has been a hydrogen explosion at the third nuclear power plant that nuclear engineers have been working on in Japan. Several workers are reported to be injured or missing after the blast. Here is the first story I’ve seen about on Google: Fukushima Explosion: Japan Nuclear Plant Blast Believed To Be Hydrogen Explosion

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Unit 3 of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit of the facility.

Yukio Edano says people within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius were ordered inside following Monday’s. AP journalists felt the explosion 30 miles (50 kilometers) away.

BBC News has this:

A second explosion has hit the nuclear plant in Japan that was damaged in Friday’s earthquake, but officials said it had resisted the blast.

TV footage showed smoke rising from Fukushima plant’s reactor 3, a day after an explosion hit reactor 1.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency said the blast was believed to have been caused by the build-up of hydrogen.

Government officials said the reactor core was still intact as they tried allay fears of a radioactive leak.

3 injured, 7 missing after second explosion at Japan nuclear plant

A massive column of smoke was seen belching from the plant’s No. 3 unit Monday. The No. 3 Unit reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast Saturday in the facility’s Unit 1.

Second Blast Rocks Japanese Nuclear Powerplant

A second explosion has rocked a nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant is in an area that was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami on Friday.

The explosion occurred mid-morning Monday, while workers were battling to bring down temperatures inside the Fukushima Number One nuclear power plant’s number three reactor.

Television images showed a strong explosion obliterating the upper walls of the reactor building and causing a huge plume of white smoke.

Japanese Quake Survivors Evacuated Amid Fears of Radiation Leaks

At least 170,000 Japanese earthquake and tsunami survivors have fled their homes, fearing the spread of radioactive contamination from damaged nuclear power plants.

Officials say dozens of people could have been exposed to radiation while being evacuated from a town near one of the damaged plants. They and hundreds of others were being scanned for radiation exposure.

Authorities say a new hydrogen explosion occurred Monday morning at the Fukushima power plant north of Tokyo, sending a plume of white smoke into the air. Officials said at a news conference covered by NHK Television that the building is still safe and that there is little risk of a mass radiation leak.

Why am I not buying that?

I will continue to update as I get more information.


4 Comments on “Breaking: Second Explosion at Nuclear Plant in Japan”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Any night owls that check in, please keep updating. This is starting to look really really bad.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    It looks like it was a big explosion.

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Cooling system fails in another reactor at Japanese nuclear plant – CNN.com

    Another reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant lost its cooling capabilities Monday, a government official said.

    The problem was detected in the plant’s No. 2 reactor Monday afternoon, just hours after an explosion rocked the bulding containing the plant’s No. 3 reactor, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters.

    Water levels were falling and pressure was building up inside the No. 2 reactor, he said, and officials were working on a plan to release gas and also inject seawater into that reactor.