BREAKING NEWS: ATTEMPT TO COOL DOWN THE REATOR BY HELICOPTER SUSPENDED (March 16th, 12:00 am ECT)
After a surge in radiation at the nuclear plant hit by Friday's earthquake, Japan has suspended ground efforts to prevent it from melting down. Chinook helicopters carrying red buckets have been lifting off from Kasuminome Air Base, near Sendai. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers, who have been dousing the reactors with seawater on the ground in a frantic effort to stabilise their temperatures, had no choice but to pull back from the most dangerous areas. Earlier in the day, white smoke could be seen billowing from one of the reactors.
THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE REACTORS
The status of each of the 6 reactors of the Power plant as per Wenesday 16 March morning. Source : guardian.co.uk
Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The reactor 3 smoking after the explosion. Satellite image March 14th.
At this time the highest risk is on reactor 2 of Fukushima I Nuclear power plant. According to Tokyo electric Power Company the dose equivalent on the edge of compound of Fukushima power plant is now at 8.22 milliSieverts. Radiation of 50 – 110 milliSieverts causes F1 cancers, 680 – 1100 milliSieverts results in death. (Source: Health risks from exposure to low levels of Ionizing radiation, BEIR VII phase, National Research Council)
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