The Late Fukishima, JapanAuthorities Making Evacuation Plans
As a precaution against possible explosions and resulting massive radiation leaks at the ongoing, as yet uncontrolled situation at the Fukishima nuclear plant complex, Japanese authorities are looking for places to which they'd be able to evacuate 40 million people, which includes residents of the vast Tokyo area, as the meltdown at the nuclear plant complex damaged by last year's earthquake and resulting tsunami continues.
The plant continues to leak radiation, and several damaged areas are still in danger, but most critical apparently are 1.424 spent fuel rods, or 460 tons (920,000 pounds) of highly radiative nuclear fuel at plant 4, which are in an elevated cooling pool that threatens to collapse. If that happens, the rods could no longer be cooled and would overheat and explode, and in a worst case scenario would cause the fuel in the complexes' other damaged plants to explode.
Monitoring entities have detected increased radiation levels coming from the plant, and a large cloud of radioactive gas is said to be headed for the US west coast, according to an article from the European Union Times reprinted by Reader Supported News.
The locations being considered by the Japanese authorities as possible evacuation sites include a string of islands along the Russian coastline, and mainland China.
Read more at Fukishima Update, and Washington's Blog.
|April 18, 2012, 10 p.m.|
Current radiation levels as monitored by volunteers at Radiation Network.
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|Hawaii, April 18, 2012, 10 p.m. Mountain Time|