Thursday, March 31, 2011

Urge to control leaks of plutonium in Fukushima

.- The Japanese government spokesman, Yukio Edan, said today that it is necessary to monitor the output of plutonium outside reactor at Fukushima Daiichi, but added that the amount found so far is low. According to Edan, plutonium workers found yesterday in Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) comes from the fuel rods, due to the composition of the items found, although the amounts found are low.

The Government requested also looking around the center of Fukushima Daiichi to determine if the soil contains plutonium, after yesterday detect small amounts of material in the plant. Plutonium is highly toxic and far more dangerous to human health from radioactive isotopes of iodine and cesium found so far.

Japanese government spokesman said at a news conference that the presence of plutonium is a challenge for plant workers, so it will require increased vigilance on the Fukushima plant, which has serious problems in four of six reactors. The high toxicity of plutonium, a material present in the reactor 3, which uses a mixture of uranium that element, will hinder the work of plant operators, after yesterday detect highly radioactive water in a pipe outside unit number 2.

Edan said the priority remains cool the reactor and fuel pools, but now it must drain areas of the turbine building units flooded with water to prevent spreading radioactive pollution and the liquid outlet to the outside. "Cooling is a priority, but we need to prevent water from accumulating in the ducts of the reactor outlet to the outside," Edan said.

This weekend we found high levels of radiation in areas of the turbine building of unit 2 and in the sea surrounding the nuclear plant, which since the earthquake of 9 degrees on day 11, the worst in the history of Japan, have problems to stabilize the reactors. The death toll from the tsunami and day 11 in Japan rose today to the 11 000 063, while other 17 000 258 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 18 000 houses destroyed and more than 130 000 buildings damaged, especially the coastal areas of northeastern Japan, where they hope to find more victims as the work of clearing move.

According to official figures, there were six thousand Miyagi 744 dead, three thousand 264 Iwate and Fukushima 997, while the missing number in the thousands in these three provinces, the most devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. However, the situation of refugees in the areas most affected by the disaster is slowly improving with the arrival of supplies and equipment and medical volunteers.

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