Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It raises the level of radioactive iodine in Fukushima

.- A rate of radioactive iodine 150 thousand times the legal standard was measured in seawater samples taken at only 30 meters from the reactors 5 and 6 of the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima, announced the Nuclear Security Agency. Samples measured so far south of the plant, the output of units 1 to 4, the most damaged, where the rate of iodine-131 was on Sunday at a level of almost two thousand times higher than normal.

Reactors 5 and 6, who were arrested for maintenance when the earthquake occurred, followed by a tsunami on 11 March, suffered no major damage and its cooling system could be reconnected to the mains. The agency spokesman, Hidehiko Nishiyama, said that the measurements were made by the power company that operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), with water samples near these two reactors built in the northern part of central 1.5 km from the other reactors.

"A rate of iodine 131 was detected at a level 150 billion times the legal limit in samples of sea water near the reactors 5 and 6," said a news conference. Japanese government spokesman, Yukio Edan said today that high levels of radiation detected in parts of the turbine building of the reactor 2 were caused by nuclear fuel rods partially melted.

Edan said at a news conference that partial melting was also temporary, but has caused the water that flooded parts of the turbine building of unit 2 record high levels of radioactivity and hinder the work of operators. Sunday had low levels of thousand millisievert when the reactor 2, which was afraid of technical damage the reactor core or pipes that carry radioactive water from the turbines and the core.

Tepco erred in measuring the radioactivity of water within the unit, to ensure that it was 10 million times higher than normal, when in fact it was 100 000 times. The Japanese official spokesman today described as "unacceptable" information management is done Tepco, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant during the nuclear crisis.

The death toll from the tsunami and day 11 in Japan rose today to 10 thousand 872, while other 16 000 244 people are still missing, according to the latest calculation of the Japanese police. In addition, more than 200 000 thousand people are still sheltering in 900 evacuation centers due to the disaster, which is the worst crisis in Japan following World War II.

There are at least 18mil homes destroyed and more than 130 000 buildings damaged, especially the coastal areas of northeastern Japan, where the snow and low temperatures, as in Iwate, complicate the situation of victims. According to official figures, there were six thousand Miyagi 627 dead, three thousand 213 Iwate and Fukushima 974, while the missing number in the thousands in these three provinces, the most devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The bodies of about seven thousand 270 people have been identified and of these, six thousand 860 have been returned to their families. It is expected that the number of victims increases, since the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 could take the lives of whole families and may not have been reported to the police of his disappearance, NHK television reported.

But little by little the situation of refugees in the areas most affected by the disaster are improving with the arrival of supplies and medical teams and volunteers trying to improve their situation.

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