Fukushima Nuclear Plant Updates: More EvacuationsPosted: March 16, 2011
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.
Live stream of Japan State TV:
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.
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.