Fukushima Nuclear Plant Updates: More Evacuations

Updates: More Evacuations…another 28,000 are evacuating from area around Fukushima. Japan using helicopters to douse reactors, fire engines are on there way as well.

Plutonium-uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel rods are placed in a storage pool at the No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, in this picture taken August 21, 2010. Operators of the earthquake-crippled nuclear plant in Japan again deployed military helicopters on March 17, 2011, in a bid to douse overheating reactors, as U.S. officials warned of the rising risk of a catastrophic radiation leak from spent fuel rods. REUTERS/Kyodo

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More people evacuating to avoid radiation

An additional 28,000 people have been forced to evacuate from their homes to other areas to avoid possible radiation from a nuclear power in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Friday’s earthquake and tsunami crippled the nuclear plant.

NHK has learned that as of Wednesday, 31municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture accepted at least 28,152 evacuees, in addition to those who had already taken shelter in those municipalities.

But many temporary shelters set up in the prefecture were already too crowded to accept the newcomers.


SDF begins efforts to cool down nuclear plant

Two helicopters from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are dropping water on the Number Three building at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The helicopters began dousing the damaged reactor-housing building at 9:48 AM on Thursday.

The SDF has dispatched two CH-47 helicopters equipped with a device for dropping 7.5 tons of water.

They’re being accompanied by another helicopter that is measuring radiation levels above the plant. The first water-dropping operation was completed at around 10:15 AM.

Fears of radiation leaks are rising for the plant’s two reactors, where water in the pool for spent nuclear fuel is believed to be vaporizing due to the failure of the cooling system.

This could expose the fuel rods, possibly causing them to melt and discharge radioactive material into the air. The government’s emergency task force has asked the SDF and the police to cool down the reactor buildings by refilling the pool.

Kyodo News:

Latest News


11:05 17 March

NEWS ADVISORY: Power supply to nuke plant may partially resume in afternoon: agency


Still seems that we are not getting all of the picture. I honestly think those 50 hero operators went back because they knew their radiation exposure was over the limit already.  Can you imagine what they must be going through?

This is an open thread, look for updates below.

35 Comments on “Fukushima Nuclear Plant Updates: More Evacuations”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    CNN is now reporting that Pressure is rising in reactor 5.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Anderson Cooper just said that of the 4 helicopter water drop missions the Japanese military attempted, only one succeeded. These helicopter missions have been suspended.

      Earlier a nuclear specialist was on and said that it all depends on which way the wind blows. So far it is going out to sea…

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    From Kyodo News:

    Latest News

    11:33 17 March
    BREAKING NEWS: Kan, Obama talk over phone, agree on close cooperation on quake issuesNote

    Wow…Obama did something…he made a phone call!

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    I wonder if the very cold weather will help keep disease from spreading, compared to similar disasters in hot temperatures.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    NHK WORLD English

    UK, France, Germany asking their nationals to leave

    Foreign embassies are asking their nationals to evacuate Japan temporarily to avoid problems caused by the leaking nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

    On Wednesday, the British government asked Britons staying in Tokyo and the city’s northern areas to consider leaving.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry also announced on Wednesday that family members of its officials will leave Japan temporarily this week. The officials are working at the embassy, the trade representation in Tokyo and 3 consulates in Niigata, Sapporo and Osaka. The ministry has no plan to allow the officials to leave Japan.

    The ministry calls on Russian nationals staying in Japan to act calmly and not depend on unreliable information.

    On the same day, the German foreign ministry advised its nationals, who live in northern Japan and Tokyo metropolitan areas, to move toward Osaka or return home via Osaka. The ministry said the embassy will send its officials to its consulate general in Osaka to help Germans who want to evacuate Japan.

    The French government has urged its citizens in Tokyo to move to western Japan or leave for their country.

    The Croatian foreign ministry said it will temporarily move its embassy function from Tokyo to Osaka on Thursday.

    Thursday, March 17, 2011 08:26 +0900 (JST)

  5. Peggy Sue says:

    I heard earlier today that Japanese officials are asking older workers to volunteer for the reactor duty because of the heightened risks. Older workers are more likely to die of something else before a 20-year-in-the-future cancer sets in, they’re more familiar with the reactors and they’ve lived a life. Grim stuff. The one volunteer was in his 60s, only months away from retirement. He signed on.

    You have to take your hat off to that sort of courage.

    I’ve taken to saying a blessing for Japan every night. It’s a small thing but under the circumstances, I figure it can’t hurt.

    Btw, I also read that iodine packets have sold out in the US, mostly purchased by those in the western states. Last report was that online orders for packets normally priced at $10 were going for $200. People are really scared by these events.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      That makes sense, that the volunteers are older. I swear, it seems so bad…I am half expecting Godzilla to rise from the water over there at the Fukushima plant…and head straight to Tokyo to destroy it before the radiation does.

      • Thursday's Child says:

        I am half expecting Godzilla to rise from the water…

        Laughing with my head in my hand…
        I’m sorry, I know it’s not funny – just need a break from the grimness…

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I know Branjor, that was why I said it 😉

        It is difficult to deal with the enormous disaster in Japan. So sad…

    • Outis says:

      The story of the volunteers got me crying…again. The situation is so awful.

      I’ve been donating to the animal shelters there as a way to do something, but it’s so little. Thanks for all the updates.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated, Minx.

  7. dakinikat says:

    I just got this information to boycott Dillard’s Department stores from my action group down here in New Orleans:

    Boycott Called for Department Store Planning Racist, Anti-Choice Fundraiser

    Oh boy, now I am royally pi**ed off. Dillard’s department store, where I USED TO SHOP BEFORE TODAY, will sponsor an anti-abortion fundraiser in Houston. According to the article, advocates will meet for “prayer”, lunch and “spring wear.”

    Dillard’s will be providing the clothes for 10 Heroic Media people to strut around in.

    If the name Heroic Media rings a bell with you, it’s because they are the awful group that puts up billboards and advertising that targets pregnant women. They seem to have their sites on African Amercian women right now. Here is the link to their billboard by Life Always — owned by the founder of Heroic Media, Brian Follett. and headquartered out of the same Northwest Austin location — it had to be taken down because it was too controversial. Ya think?!! Brian Follett has likened Planned Parenthood’s abortion work to genocide!


    Such a cute little name they have selected for the Fashion Show…Sowing Seeds For Life And it’s not a cheap ticket.


    I am so sorry I didn’t know that they have done this before.

    The event, scheduled for April 9, will be the second fashion show the Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., has sponsored for Heroic Media, the Austin, Texas-based anti-abortion media group that creates television, billboard and Internet advertising targeted at pregnant women and, lately, specifically aimed at African Americans. The previous show was held in Austin last fall.

    How frickin stupid do they think we are? (Don’t answer that!)

    Both Heroic Media and the Dillard’s branch insisted that the partnership is not political. Dillard’s Memorial City manager Stephen Brophy said the store accepted the request to sponsor a fashion show because another branch had done one at a previous store and it was successful.

    “We try to not get too political,” Brophy said. “We’re about fashion. We try to appeal to the masses.”

    Brophy said he didn’t know much about Heroic Media and didn’t seem to be aware that its focus was on abortion issues. For example, he asked The American Independent if Heroic Media supports abortion rights. (Me speaking: Liar Liar Pants On Fire!)

    The event will be about clothes, Speirs said, but it will also be about furthering Heroic Media’s mission — talking women out of abortion.

    “We do not ever tell anybody what to do,” Speirs said. “We show alternatives [to abortion] through education and positive messages.”

  8. dakinikat says:

    Thanks for all the updates!!!

    Thanks for the links BB!!!

    Between this and Libya, I can’t believe the world these days.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Via Dakinikat, don’t miss this post by Joseph Cannon.

    • dakinikat says:

      It really had some good info, didn’t it? Freaking profit monsters! They won’t money for everything and anything and they don’t care how they get it or who they hurt!

    • Seriously says:

      God, some of the worst are located awfully close to high population areas like New Orleans and Philadelphia.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    OMG! Florida GOP rep wants a dress code for girls because of the Texas gang rape of an 11-year-old

    During debate over a bill that would legislate a dress code for Florida students, Passidomo blamed the alleged gang raping of an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas on the way the young girl was dressed.

    “There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gangraped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute,” Passidomo declared.

    “And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students,” she added.

    • dakinikat says:

      Unbelievable. What is wrong with people? Isn’t there intelligent life somewhere in the US?

      • gregoryp says:

        I just had a conversation with a retired religious nutcase who happened to see me reviewing one of my old atomic physics text books. He had the nerve to actually tell me that he could tell me anything I wanted to know about nuclear energy since he watches FOX News. I was flabbergasted.

        To be clear about this my second major was physics and I made a friggin’ D in Atomic physics. That stuff is extremely difficult and I needed to review everything including the units and terminology. This country has some serious problems with people thinking they know everything when they actually don’t know anything.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      @ BB at 11:38 This is unreal!

    • Woman Voter says:

      This guy is off the mark, I guess he thinks women, girls and boys in the Congo were raped because of what they were wearing…gosh, and to think this guy is representing people. (((shaking head)))

    • Fannie says:

      This ought to mash those Irish potatoes for the day:

      Kathleen Passidomo, a catholic lawyer elected to the House in 2010, served as commissioner on the Fla. Commission, Status of Women, 2006-2007.

      I can’t help but wonder if she will soon be inducted into the Woman’s Hall of Fame in Florida.

      To think she wants to blame the 11 year girl for wrecking the entire community in Cleveland for the actions of 18 rapist is beyond belief.

      Let’s not forget the ll year old is not a victim, but an accuser.

      How did the rapisst look during the raping spree? Bet they looked perfectly healthy.
      Wonder how the priest looked when they raped and abused the children of the catholic church, perfectly healthy?

      I have nothing but deep sorrow for this woman, Passidomo.

  11. Pilgrim says:

    Minkoff, thank you for the Japan tv livestream. I’ve sent it on to some folks who have a daughter in Tokyo, in case they didn’t already know about it.