March 14, 2011

Another Fukushima nuclear plant blast injures 11(they think it was another hydrogen blast)

If Japaan didn't have enough on its plate.

NHK

What appears to be another hydrogen blast has occurred at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. No damage to the reactor chamber has been reported, but 11 people have been injured.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says what it believes was a hydrogen blast occurred at 11:01 AM on Monday at the No.3 reactor of Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. The agency says it has so far observed no abnormal rise in radiation around the compound of the plant.

The company says the blast injured 11 people.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has advised anyone remaining within 20 kilometers of the power plant to take shelter inside buildings as soon as possible. About 600 people are thought to be still in the area.

A similar hydrogen blast occurred at the No.1 reactor at the same plant on Saturday.

Prayers for the people of Japan...

UPDATE I:(Matt Damon) If this mornings explosion wasn't bad enough there is word that another reactor at Fukushima has lost its cooling system.

Later Monday the cooling system at the number two reactor failed, Jiji Press reported -- the sort of failure that preceded the explosions in the number one and three reactors.

And guess who just passed thru a radioactive cloud..
The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, on a humanitarian mission to Japan, reportedly passed through a radioactive cloud from the plant and its crew received a month?s worth of radiation in about an hour.

There was no indication that any of the military personnel had experienced ill effects from the exposure, the New York Times reported citing unnamed government officials.

But the episode showed that the prevailing winds were picking up radioactive material from the crippled Fukushima plant, the newspaper noted.

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