Thursday, April 14, 2011

As more nuclear plant damage is found, press Japan repair efforts

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Military personnel prepared to transfer workers from radiation to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in a hospital. «More photos»

TOKYO - with new characters you have the severe of the damage and contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant crippled emerged, geruht employee repair efforts Saturday plans in fresh water for days spraying the reactors with salt water for pumping. At the same time, a new reading a sample of sea water in addition to the plant showed an increase in contamination of some days ago.

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The developments followed a decision evacuated by the Japanese authorities on Friday to encouraging people a larger band of territory to the complex start, in the midst of signals, the plant under control anytime soon would be difficult.

In an interview with a national audience at a press conference on Friday night, two weeks after the earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and the devastating tsunami, which it followed Prime Minister Naoto Kan dodged a reporter of the question whether the Government was ordering a complete evacuation, said officials were simply follows the recommendation of the Commission for Japan nuclear safety.

"The situation requires more caution," Mr Kan, heavy and tired looking, said the nation. "Our measures are designed to prevent, that the circumstances worse." The authorities said she would now help people leave wanted the range of 12 to 19 miles outside the plant, and that they now "voluntary evacuation" promotion, from the area.

These people indoors, had stay March 15 get, while to evacuate the facility had ordered within a 12-mile radius. The United States has to remain at least 50 miles recommended its citizens.

Mr Kan said "The State of the system is still very precarious,". "We work hard to ensure that it not be worse." "We must ensure that it no further deterioration."

On Saturday, the nuclear and industrial agency said that a test of sea water of a monitoring station Friday taken from the level of iodine-131 in 50 becquerel per cubic centimeter showed in the work - 1,250 times of the permitted. That was up from 147 times of the normal level on Wednesday, the Agency said. to make it not accurate for Wednesday.

Drink a half litre of water would be tantamount to getting a 1 milliSievert dose, the Agency said, as the amount that a person obtains a year from natural sources.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, Deputy Director of the Agency, said that he expected the iodine quickly, dilute to minimize the impact on wildlife, General and noted that fishing activities in the area was suspended after the Quake and tsunami. "It is unlikely that immediate impact on local residents are," he said.

A sign of the possible deterioration of the plant itself came to the reactor workers, the attempted, an electric cable with a pump in a turbine connect no. 3. building next to the reactor were injured when she entered into water, which was found significantly more radioactive than normal be. On Friday, officials and experts offered conflicting explanations of what wrong gegangen-but stressed all greater damage to the reactor systems and more pollution had earlier indicated it as officials.

Two workers were when poured water over their boots and said to their feet and ankles, officials burned and exposed to radiation. A third worker was not the same exposure higher boots and suffering.

As the affected workers, many of those are subcontractors of Tokyo electric power, who are paid a small daily wage for hours of work in dangerous conditions risk of their lives. They are sometimes ill-equipped and trained for their job.

On the Saturday concentrated to the workers to try, the lighting reactor No. 2 central control room, an important step towards the restoration of unity cooling system restore. You were also in fresh water pump for no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 units in the midst of concerns. Days of dumping salt water on the units had raised concerns about possible corrosion.

Said the National Institute of radiological sciences, that the radioactivity of the water, the the three injured workers in joined had 10,000 times the level normally in the coolant water was seen in the work. It said that the amount of radiation that the workers were intended, to the water exposed to have two to six Sieverts was.

Hiroko Tabuchi and David Jolly reported from Tokyo and Keith Bradsher from Hong Kong. Takeshi Takizawa from New York reporting helped Tokyo and Denise Grady.

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