Japan is trying to avoid a possible Nuclear Plant Radiation Crisis that could affect densely populated areas. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the north-east of the country continues to face problems, there are a number of the nuclear reactors housed at the facility. The Fukushima plant is one of the largest nuclear power stations in the world and has suffered major damage from the massive earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.
Series of Explosions
The first hydrogen explosion at the plant occurred when reactor one on Saturday March 12 and a second one on Monday March 14th which affected reactor three followed by a third hydrogen explosion on Tuesday March 15th in the building housing reactor two. Reactor five and six are reported to be overheating slightly and reactor four was shut down before the quake for maintenance.
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located on the coast 135 miles north of Tokyo, the mostly densely populated urban area in the world. The area around the troubled plant has been evacuated as government officials have reported that radiation levels have reached harmful levels.
It really breaks my heart to watch videos and look at photographs of the devastation in Japan and now to see scientists and engineers walking around in full suit protective gear scanning residents, especially children and the elderly for radiation exposure. Lets hope the worst in Japan is over and things will only get better from here.
Images and info via BBC and CS Monitor
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