News about the Nuke Plants:
The explosion at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan destroyed a building that houses a reactor Saturday, triggering a radiation leak and fears of a nuclear meltdown.
But a representative of the global nuclear power industry asserts the possibility of a meltdown is “diminishing by the hour,” making a meltdown “most unlikely.”
News about the death toll
Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai. Another 88 were confirmed killed and 349 were missing. Hundreds dead and up to 80,000 missing in Japan tsunami <-- don't click on that link, badly behaved site
…thousands of people were feared dead yesterday after a tsunami triggered by one of the biggest earthquakes in history hit Japan.
Ships, trains, buildings and cars were swept away as monster 33ft waves smashed into the port city of Sendai.
10,000 people missing in flattened town which bore brunt of killer wave caused by megaquake<-- don't click on that link, badly behaved site
Half of the population of a Japanese coastal town are still unaccounted for as the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami looks set to rise.
Government officials revealed the fate of 9,500 people in the north eastern port of Minamisanriku was still unknown more than 24 hours after the double disaster hit.
The Japanese government says an explosion Saturday blew off the roof and walls of the building containing a nuclear reactor, but did not damage the reactor itself.
The explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had earlier triggered fears of a nuclear meltdown.
On Saturday, Japan’s government spokesperson Yukio Edano said radiation levels around the plant did not rise, but actually decreased after the explosion. He added that pressure in the reactor was also decreasing.
“There is a finite probability that this can’t be contained.” (audio interview with US Nuke Expert on BBC)
2.09am: At least three people evacuated from a Japanese town near the quake-hit nuclear plant have been exposed to radiation. They were randomly chosen for examination from 90 patients moved from a hospital in the town of Futaba-machi.
Japanese authorities have extended the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a 20-kilometre radius from the previous 10 kilometres. At the nearby Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, the evacuation zone has been extended to a 10-kilometre radius from the previous three kilometres.
The authorities also say they are making preparations to distribute iodine to residents in the area of both the plants.
[11:49 a.m. ET, 1:49 a.m. Tokyo] Japan public broadcaster NHK reported the country’s Defense Ministry had sent a unit that specializes in dealing with radioactive contamination to a command post near the stricken plant.
Fears of a nuclear meltdown in Japan have subsided after a reactor that was damaged in Friday’s devastating earthquake reportedly emerged intact from an explosion.
A quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant reeling from an explosion at one of its reactors has also lost its emergency cooling system at another reactor, Japan’s nuclear power safety agency said on Sunday.
The emergency cooling system is no longer functioning at the No.3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, requiring the facility to urgently secure a means to supply water to the reactor, an official of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.
Serious problems have been reported at a second nuclear reactor at the Fukushima power station in northern Japan.
The plant’s operator says pressure is rising inside the reactor after it lost its emergency cooling system.
It was a similar problem which led to an explosion in the first reactor on Saturday, after an earthquake and tsunami.
US envoy insisted Saturday there was no evidence a stricken nuclear reactor had gone into full meltdown but acknowledged there had been a “partial melt” of a fuel rod at the quake-hit plant.
Radiation was detected leaking from the Fukushima plant after Friday’s massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and an explosion there Saturday sent authorities scrambling to avert a major meltdown.
A partial meltdown is likely under way at one nuclear power plant affected by Friday’s earthquake, according to Japan’s top government official, the Associated Press reports.
As many as 2,000 bodies washed up on Japan’s shores on Monday as officials struggled to deal with the dead, hospitals ran out of medicine and entire communities in the hardest hit areas remained completely silent.
The death toll from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is expected to exceed 10,000 as local and international rescue teams search through the ruins of north-eastern coastal cities for survivors of last Friday’s disaster.
Two thousand bodies have been found on the shores of Miyagi prefecture, which suffered the brunt of the damage, according to the Kyodo news agency.
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