Japan Nuclear Site: New Fire and Workers told to EvacuatePosted: March 15, 2011
This is a breaking news open thread!
It appears that there is a new fire at the Fukushima Plant, and the workers have suspended operations.
See updates below:
The situation in Japan is constantly changing so I will just post some updates below. For the latest news be sure to check:
Japan suspended operations to keep its stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after surging radiation made it too dangerous to stay.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers dousing the reactors in a frantic effort to cool them needed to withdraw.
“The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Edano said. “Because of the radiation risk we are on standby.”
Japan has suspended operations to prevent quake-affected Fukushima nuclear plant from melting down after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.
Yukio Edano, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said on Wednesday work on dousing reactors with water was disrupted by the need to withdraw.
The level of radiation at the plant surged to 1,000 millisieverts early on Wednesday before coming down to 800-600 millisieverts. Still, that was far more than the average. “So the workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Edano said.
For the latest Latest News via Kyodo News click here:
- 11:30 16 March BREAKING NEWS: Containment vessels of No.1, No.3 reactors may be damaged: Edano
- 11:27 16 March
- NEWS ADVISORY: No plans to expand evacuation area near troubled nuke plant: Edano
- 11:27 16 MarchBREAKING NEWS: Fukushima No. 3 reactor’s container feared partially damaged: Edano
- 11:26 16 MarchNEWS ADVISORY: No reports of explosion after smoke came out of nuke plant: Edano
- 11:26 16 MarchNEWS ADVISORY: No reports of explosion from No. 3 reactor: Edano
- 11:25 16 MarchNEWS ADVISORY: Edano calls on people to save gas and other fuel
- 11:25 16 March
- 11:24 16 MarchBREAKING NEWS: Radiation level briefly tops 2 milisievert at Fukushima plant: TEPCO
- 11:23 16 MarchBREAKING NEWS: Radiation levels at Fukushima plant rose after 10 a.m.: Edano
- 11:16 16 MarchNEWS ADVISORY: TEPCO can’t check smoke at Fukushima plant as radiation is too high
- 11:02 16 March
- NEWS ADVISORY: TEPCO unable to confirm temperature at No.3 reactor’s spent fuel pool
- 11:00 16 MarchNEWS ADVISORY: Pool stores 514 spent fuel rods at Fukushima No.3 reactor: TEPCO
- 10:53 16 March
- NEWS ADVISORY: Smoke may be coming from No. 3 reactor’s fuel pool: TEPCO
11:13 P.M. |Core Group of Workers Remain at Plant
The Times’s Hiroko Tabuchi reports that a small group of workers remains at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, contrary to what an English translation of the chief cabinet secretary’s remarks had implied.
10:22 P.M. |Chief Cabinet Secretary’s News Conference
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, is holding a news conference that is being broadcast live on Japanese television. Mr. Edano said radiation readings started rising rapidly Wednesday morning outside the front gate of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate, and they have,” he said, according to a translation by NHK television.
Two workers are missing after Tuesday’s explosion at one of the reactors at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.
The agency did not identify the missing workers, but said they were in the turbine area of the No.4 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
Agency official also told a news conference there was a crack in the roof of the reactor building.
Satellite photos show steam rising from the facility. The amount of radioactivity carried by the plume is unknown, but small increases in radiation — not enough to affect human health — were reported in Tokyo, about 150 miles to the southwest of the facility, and in other parts of Japan.
In response, NHK television reported that the Japanese government had ordered the country’s 47 prefectures to publicly report recorded radiation levels twice a day.
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For an time lapse video of the quakes in Japan, see the video below: