Japan Nuclear Plant Blast –
It seems the dark phase for Japan is becoming even darker. The country and also the entire world were shaken with the recent news of Tsunami and Earthquake experienced another blow. To make things worse, the country has also witnessed a hydrogen explosion at the quake hit Fukushima Nuclear Plant’s troubled second reactor and three unfortunate workers injure seriously. The Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency also informed that seven people were missing due to this tragic event.
The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Yukio Edano, was cited by the Kyodo News Agency as saying that the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power informed that the blast did not damage the container of the No. 3 reactor, dispelling the doubts that the blasts may have led to enormous release of radioactive substance.
Mr. Edano said the blast blew away the roof and the walls of the building housing the container was comparable to an explosion on Saturday at another reactor of the same plant, post Friday’s dreadful 9.0 magnitude quake. The Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency stated the reason for the tragic incident as non-conducive winds due to which the radiation level could not rise significantly.
The reports state that the radiation at the plant’s location increased to the benchmark limit of 500 Micro Sievert per hour at dual locations. Also, the Kyodo News Agency informed that the hourly amounts are more than half the 1000 Micro Sievert to which people regularly visualize in one year. The highest level recorded till now in the proximity of the plant is 1, 557.5 Micro Sievert yesterday.
In order to cool the cores in Plants 1 and 3, sea water is being poured as they are believed to have partially melt after the fuel rods were no further protected by the coolant water. This exercise has been performed post fall in levels due to the quake.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was continuing to liaise with the Japanese authorities and monitoring the situation as it evolves