Thursday, March 31, 2011

The radioactivity in the sea japons fires 4,385 times the legal limit

The radioactivity in the Japanese sea trips. Around the central iodine Fukushima exceeds the 4,385 times the legal limit, surpassing the record of 3,355 times recorded yesterday in water samples at 330 meters south of a drain near the reactors 1 to 4 of the Kozloduy . A new sample taken from an underground tunnel outside the reactor turbine 1, that are radiation levels 10,000 times above normal, as reported by the operating company Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO).

The Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, on the other hand, has reiterated that the plant will be dismantled as soon as possible, as declared by the Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii. The IAEA, in its latest statement issued this afternoon, still qualified as "very serious" the situation on the ground.

While efforts continue to drain the contaminated water in the plant, the Japanese government, criticized for the management of the nuclear crisis, has rejected the recommendation of the IAEA to expand the nuclear zone of 20 kilometers has so far evacuated to all its citizens. The UN atomic Office had proposed the measure after the contamination in the Iitate town of 7,000 inhabitants, located 40 miles from the plant, exceeds the normal limits.

"An initial assessment indicates that it has been surpassed one of the criteria of the IAEA," he said yesterday Denis Flory, deputy director of Nuclear Safety of the organization. The extension of the exclusion zone would have meant the displacement of some 130,000 inhabitants, who would join the 70,000 already evacuated.

What it has done without informing the government is giving orders to increase security measures in the 55 nuclear plants in the country with immediate effect. The new requirements, which must have been completed by the end of April, including the requirement of a mobile emergency generators to meet potential shortfalls in the main grid, and have fire trucks with hoses ready at all times to ensure cooling the reactor and pools of spent fuel rods if necessary, said the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Other measures, such as the construction of protective walls against tsunamis higher will be considered after carrying out a full assessment of the disaster in central Fukushima I. Tokyo will also review its policy to promote renewable energy. "These are minimum measures we now think that should be taken immediately," said Banri Kaieda Ministry spokesman reports.

Kaieda said the plan does not need to paralyze the functioning of plants. Almost 90% of Japan's reactors have not yet complied with the safety regulations issued in 2006 on protection against tsunamis. Before the disaster, which severely affected the nuclear complex and the distribution network, nuclear power accounted for 30% of electricity generation capacity in Japan, a percentage that is believed to increase to 50% by 2030, one of the highest the world.

The announcement of new security measures is a recognition that the hitherto existing rules were inadequate and insufficient to cope with the earthquake of magnitude 9 on the Richter scale and the tsunami that devastated the country's northeastern coast. Pollution in New York today to pollution has even (at a dose almost imperceptible) to rain in New York and U.S.

dairy products. Since March 11, the prospects of stabilizing the situation in Fukushima seem increasingly remote. Emergency crews yesterday continued the struggle to regain control of the nuclear complex, located about 240 kilometers north of Tokyo, where radiation is still leaking. Yesterday was detected smoke coming from the central Fukushima II, located several kilometers from the first and is in stable stop the earthquake.

The authorities said the smoke came from a power distribution panel. The president of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), Tsunehisa Katsumata, said four of six reactors at the plant (from number 1 to number 4) will be closed and will never be used. A statement that sounds out of time when the situation of several of the reactors is not even stabilized, the threat of a major radioactive leak is still alive, and according to some experts, the crisis can take months or even years, to be resolved.

"We're not in a position to say when we have this under control," acknowledged Yukio Edan, government spokesman. TEPCO said it would take "some time to" stabilize the reactors that are overheated. Moreover, in Tokyo, the emperors of Japan, Akihito and Michiko visited yesterday for the first time hundreds of refugees from the earthquake in a shelter in the capital.

The death toll from the earthquake rose to 11,417 dead and 16,273 missing, according to the National Police Agency.

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