Saturday, April 02, 2011

Staff withdrawn from the work of Japan

Saturday, April 02, 2011
16 March 2011, last updated at 06:25 am Picture released by Tokyo Electric Power Co on 16 March, showing the damaged third and fourth reactors of the plant explosions and fires at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have an increase in the levels of emissions on Japan's damaged its cooling systems knit Fukushima nuclear plant workers forced has to suspend operations, a Government spokesman says.

He spoke after smoke billowing from reactor three was seen. Earlier, a fire struck four for the second time reactor in two days.

Friday's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, the thousands killed, damaged the plant cooling functions.

The site was hit by several explosions, triggering radiation leaks.

France has asked to leave its nationals in Tokyo life, the country or the head of South Japan due to the risk of radiation.

'On standby'

On Wednesday Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news briefing, that workers in the Prefecture Fukushima Daiichi plant after had withdrawn the sudden increase in the levels of emissions.

Cabinet Secretary Edano said radiation levels were fluctuating

It is believed that to try around 50 people North of Tokyo - cool its four nuclear reactors and avert a meltdown worked had in the works - 220 km (140 km).

Mr. Edano also said that the radiation levels now dropped by 1,000 millisieverts on Wednesday morning to 600-800.

But that was still more than average, Mr Edano said, adding that "workers now can run even the smallest work at the plant." "Because of the radiation hazard, we are on stand by mode."

The new fire to the reactor four was early on Wednesday announced. Three hours later Japan's nuclear safety agency said flames could no longer be seen.

But later from reactor three was white smoke. Officials investigate the cause of incidents and the damage, the smoke steam from the evaporation of water, which caused the higher radiation was probably say with Mr Edano.

"A part of the ship is broken containment and it seems like the steam from there comes out." So... "[it] seems to be that steam from the broken part comes out."

Continue reading the most important story Roland Burk BBC News, Tokyo

Tokyo is still deceptively normal on the surface.

But a bit closer and people feel concern here about radiation leaks is clear.

There are fewer cars on the roads than normal. There are queues, for an hour and more, for petrol. Shelves are in some shops naked people buy food.

Tokyo Stock Exchange has seen heavy casualties from two days.

Foreigners have left in increasing numbers. Adding to the nervousness as people to bed went there on Tuesday night an another tremor was this time slightly larger and longer, as before.

But most people in their homes remained and went to sleep.

Another fire in the pond broke 'Boiling pool' on Tuesday morning, storage of spent nuclear fuel at the reactor four.

The reactor was shut down before the quake for maintenance, but its spent nuclear fuel rods are stored on the site.

Agency says Kyodo News storage pool can cooking and more radiation leaks are feared.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), which operates the Fukushima plant, said it can pour water and fire retardant from helicopters to stop fuel rods, are exposed to the air and releasing even more radioactivity.

Start of the crisis in the work - has - the six nuclear reactors when the earthquake hit. Explosions rocked the building reactors 1 and 3 on Saturday and Monday.

On Tuesday morning, the reactor two met the construction of a third explosion.

Officials say the explosions in the first three reactors and possibly the fourth as well as caused by a buildup of hydrogen.

Mr Edano said that cooling sea water in reactors one and three is pumped, is - are back to normal - and in reactor two, remained the unstable.

People in 20-30 km (12-19 miles) of the site has been said, the field or at home.


More than 3,300 people have been confirmed that dead and thousands after Friday Quake and tsunami are not available.

In the north eastern town of Otsuchi the fate of the half of the population - to about 8,000 people - it is not yet known.

More than 500,000 people were from the Quake and tsunami made homeless.

Many are sustainable snow and freezing temperatures, as supplies begin to reach the most affected areas.

The Government has 100,000 troops, aid efforts have provided and the army is also using helicopters in basic care.

Strong aftershocks continue to rock the country. A 6.0 tremor struck brightness in the Pacific Ocean off Chiba Prefecture, East of Tokyo, on Wednesday.

The Nikkei index the day more than 5%, some ground after plummeting about 17% restore in the two days ended on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The UK Foreign Office has its travel advice before all non-essential travel to Tokyo and North Eastern Japan warn updated. British nationals and friends and related those in Japan reach of the Foreign Office on + 44 20 7008 0000.

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