Monday, April 11, 2011

Japan continues to show radioactive sea water

.- The operator of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), announced it will stop the pumping of radioactive water into the sea on Monday, a couple of days later than planned, in an attempt to allay fears global spread of radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear crisis worse.

It is expected that the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Naoto Kan suffer punishment in the local elections on Sunday for its handling of the crisis after the huge earthquake and tsunami of March 11, which struck the northeast coast and killed 13 000 people. China and South Korea have also criticized the management of the nuclear crisis.

Seoul said Tokyo has been incompetent, reflecting the growing international unease against nuclear disaster that has lasted for a month and spread of radiation. Japan is struggling to regain control of the central Fukushima, damaged by the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent waves of 15 meters.

TEPCO, Tha been using sea water to cool the fuel rods from the reactors to damaged electrical equipment, and the lack of storage capacity, has returned the used radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. He was scheduled to stop this activity on Saturday, but work was interrupted by the strong aftershock on Thursday and postponed to Sunday, a goal that could not meet.

"We're doing tests on the water left, and the final is scheduled for tomorrow," said a company spokesman in a statement to reporters late on Sunday. TEPCO had to start using sea water to the attempts to restore the cooling system of the reactors. It has also been pumping nitrogen to cool the core, but authorities have said they are not sure what to do next.

"We can not say what the prospects for the next stage," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director general of the Industrial Safety Agency (NISA). "As far as possible we would like to achieve a stable cooling and set the course for radiation control," he added. Japan also faces enormous economic and humanitarian crisis, and a bill of up to EUR 300 billion dollars for the disaster, which makes it the most expensive natural disaster in history.

Japanese are expected to withdraw their confidence Kan's party in local elections, further weakening and strengthening their rivals, they will try to force him to resign once the crisis ends. The results are expected on Monday. The unpopular Kan was already under pressure to leave office before the worst disaster that has beaten Japan since the Second World War, but analysts say it is unlikely to go over the nuclear crisis, which surely will last for months.

In Tokyo, about 5 thousand people took to the streets on Sunday in two different manifestations of the nuclear crisis. Some carried banners reading "No more Fukushima" and "No more nuclear weapons." Others played musical instruments. A group of protesters went to the offices of the operator of the destroyed plant.

TEPCO apologized on Saturday for the crisis. "I apologize from my heart for the concerns and problems we are causing to society due to the release of radioactive materials into the atmosphere and seawater," he said on Saturday Sakae Muto, vice president of TEPCO, in a press conference. Japan radiation spread throughout the northern hemisphere in the first two weeks of the nuclear crisis, according to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Nuclear Test.

Japan's economy, the third largest in the world, is suffering the triple disaster and several countries have banned or restricted food imports after detecting radiation Nippon them. Even worse, the nuclear crisis and power outages affected the manufacturing and electronics manufacturing in Japan and supply chains worldwide, particularly affecting the computer and vehicle manufacturers.

Blackouts and energy shortages, plant closings and a drastic drop in tourism has beaten the world's largest debtor nation. The Government requested assistance from the Japanese in the recovery effort, but families and friends flocked to the traditional parties "hanami" to see the cherry buds, although some reduced the consumption of alcohol used by respect for the victims of the disaster.

"It is quieter than usual. There are many, but a little discouraged," said a woman who was walking on the delicate pink buds. "Outbreaks have completely blossomed for us and we should appreciate," he said.

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