BBC News: Japanese authorities have reported that electricity supply is now operational at three reactors at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which had been destroyed by fire and explosions follow the March 11 earthquake.
As the cooling systems are still not in operation, it is reported that the situation ‘remains very serious’ (IAEA). That is because the fuel rods in all reactors appear severely damaged and most are still spewing out poisonous radioactive clouds into the atmosphere.
During the electricity restoration work, reactor number 3 had blown out radioactive smoke and some workers had to be taken away.
The official death toll from the twin disaster is now at 8,450. However, thousands remain missing and unaccounted for. There are high levels of radiation in food and water around the plant and further afield which has now spread to Tokyo and the government is advising people, especially those near the plant, not to drink tap water.
- IAEA Update on Japan’s Nuclear Facilities March 20 (yubanet.com)
- “Japan Nuclear Update” and related posts (calculatedriskblog.com)
- Japan recommended iodine for people near plant: IAEA – Reuters (news.google.com)
- Japan nuclear watchdog confirms power connected to nuclear plant (reuters.com)
- “IAEA: Update on spent fuel pools” and related posts (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- Not much ground seepage from stricken Japan reactors – watchdog (reuters.com)
- Fukushima Nuclear Accident – Monday 21 March update (bravenewclimate.com)