12 March 2011

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Japan Nuclear Fukushima Daiichi Power Plan Status after Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan Nuclear Fukushima Daiichi Power Plan Status
after Earthquake and Tsunami

An explosion at a nuclear power station tore down the walls of one building
It was not clear if the damaged building housed the reactor. Tokyo Power Electric Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said four workers were injured but details were not immediately available.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said 50,000 troops would join rescue and recovery efforts

Shiomi said that even if there was a meltdown, it wouldn't affect humans beyond a six-mile (10-kilometer) radius.
Most of the 51,000 residents living within that radius have been evacuated

The government declared a state of emergency at the Daiichi unit the first at a nuclear plant in Japan's history.
But hours later, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the six-reactor Daiichi site in northeastern Japan, announced that it had lost cooling ability at a second reactor there and three units at its nearby Fukushima Daini site.

The power plants, known as Daiichi and Daini and operated by Tokyo Electric Power, experienced critical failures of the cooling systems after the plants were shut down, as they were during the quake.

Daiichi, which is formally known as Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, was designed by General Electric and entered commercial service in 1971. It was probably equipped to function for some hours without emergency diesel generators, said David Lochbaum, who worked at three American reactor complexes that use G.E. technology.

Tokyo Electricity Company, which operates the nuclear plant Fukushima said an explosion was heard in the area of the Fukushima No.1 plant and white smoke could be seen ten minutes later.

The Daiichi and Daini plants are 10 miles apart in Fukushima Prefecture, about 150 miles north of Tokyo and close to the quake's epicenter off the coast.

About 45,000 people were affected by the evacuation order at the Daiichi plant, where those living within a six-mile radius were told to leave. The evacuation of the second plant was for a one-mile radius because "there is no sign that radiation has been emitted outside," an official said.

They said that the levels of radiation were not large enough to threaten the health of people outside the plants, and that the evacuations had been ordered as a precaution.
Ryohei Shiomi said that officials were checking whether a meltdown had taken place at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1, which had lost cooling ability

The official death toll stood at 413, while 784 people were missing and 1,128 injured.
In addition, police said between 200 and 300 bodies were found along the coast in Sendai

Earthquake killed more than 1000 people.
More than 45 countries offered all type of help to Japan.
President Barack Obama told Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan the United States would assist in any way.
India also offered help to Japan.

Scientists say the massive earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan ranks as the fifth largest jolt in the world since 1900.
The Associated Press reported that the Cosmo Oil refinery outside of Tokyo was burning out of control with 100-foot flames whipping into the sky.
Bloomberg reported that Sony halted and evacuated six factories in northeastern Japan, while the automaker Toyota and its affiliates closed three factories

The quake hit area will require to be completely rebuilt like roads, rail roads etc.
Japan gets about 30 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants.
Authorities warned citizens to be prepared for severe power cuts.
More than 1 million households across Japan, mostly in the northeast, still didn't have access to water.

Japan will recover fast because of its advanced technology and efficient working.
Quake and its aftershocks have not really affected the internet’s undersea cables that keep Japan connected to the rest of the world. A small percentage of Japanese internet connections went down but very soon they were restored.

Just thought what will happen in India if Mumabi or any other Indian city faces such natural disaster.
Are we ready for such type of disaster?

It’s sad to say but I do not think India is ready for such disaster.
Hope India does not suffer such type of natural disaster.

Iodine can be used to combat radiation sickness.
So if you are in Japan in that affected area Please keep the Iodine with you.

Watch the video of the of blast at Fukushima nuke plant, radiation leak reported

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CIVILPRINCESS March 12, 2011  

hope everything comes back to normal soon there. i always think Japanese workers are more efficient and they are capable of working with a common goal. hence they succeed. i doubt if the same would ever happen in India. as you said lets hope India doesn't face such a disaster.

SM March 12, 2011