Ana’s Feed starting just after midnight 24 March:
“…estimates that 57,000 pounds of salt have accumulated in Reactor No. 1 and 99,000 pounds apiece in Reactors No. 2 and 3, which are larger.” (Editor’s note: This is what I had independently calculated, so it looks right to me)
Ban Ki-moon and IAEA and various governments are going to talk about ways to keep nuclear power safe. (NHK broadcast)
NHK is quoting the recent US poll that shows a decline in public opinion about nuclear power, adding “this means the American people are seriously responding to this situation in Japan.” (NHK)
Work at reactor no.3 has been suspended due to injury – 2 workers were exposed to ~170mSv, developed skin lesions on their feet and have been sent to hospital. (NHK)
The Tokyo metropolitan government is distributing mineral water to families with infants. (NHK)
“The challenges of radiological contamination have made this operation particularly difficult. It has required us to constantly watch the direction of the wind, to be mindful of where our forces are in relation to the Fukushima power plant. It has required us to monitor and decontaminate our aircraft, ships and even our people…”
Links to news stories and updates:
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/80651.htmlhttp://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/80651.htmlNuke disaster hinders searches for missing in Fukushima
Japanese authorities today announced a number of developments at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where reactor cooling systems were disabled following the massive earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
At Units 1, 2, 3, and 4, workers have advanced the restoration of off-site electricity, and the lights are working in Unit 3′s main control room.
Black smoke was seen emerging from the Unit 3 reactor building, spurring the temporary evacuation of workers from Units 3 and 4. The emission of smoke has now decreased significantly.
Crews continued today to use a concrete pump truck to deliver high volumes of water into the Unit 4 spent fuel pool, where there are concerns of inadequate water coverage over the fuel assemblies.
At Units 5 and 6, workers have successfully restored off-site power to the reactor, which had previously reached a safe, cold shutdown status.
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