6.4 earthquake hits Fukushima nuclear plant

Published: March 12th, 2011 at 9:08 am ET
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Aftershock Hits Nuclear Blast Plant, Sky News Online, March 12, 2011 at 8:50 am EST:

An aftershock has struck near a nuclear plant in Japan – hours after an explosion and radiation leak there sparked fears a meltdown was under way.

With a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, the tremor occured close to the site of Fukushima Number 1 nuclear power plant, where walls and a roof were destroyed in a blast.

At 8:58 am EST CNN is reporting the quake was a 6.4 magnitude.

Published: March 12th, 2011 at 9:08 am ET
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4 comments to 6.4 earthquake hits Fukushima nuclear plant

  • xdrfox

    09:52 GMT (05:52am Bridgetown) Second nuclear reactor in grave danger.
    Five nuclear reactors “declared emergency”.
    08:28 GMT (04:28am Bridgetown) Japan’s NHK TV showing before and after pictures of the Fukushima-Daiichi plant. It appears to show that the outer structure of one of four buildings at the plant is no longer there.

    - Report of Explosion at Nuke Plant. Building “crumbled”

    - US Govt warns Americans to evacuate country if possible.

    Fuel rods exposed, melting at Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 07:55 hrs GMT, 3:55 am Bridgetown

    - Experts: Test results indicate Nuclear core probably melting

    Fuel rods at the No. 1 reactor at the plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. may be melting after radioactive Cesium material left by atomic fission was detected near the site, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Yuji Kakizaki said by phone today.”

    … Mar 12, 2011 1:39 AM ET Bloomberg Japan Reactor Fuel Rods May Have Begun to Melt, Atomic Safety Agency Says

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-12/japan-reactor-fuel-rods-may-have-begun-to-melt-atomic-safety-agency-says.html

    Original story published March 12, 2011 2:54 hrs GMT…

    Fukushima nuclear power plant cannot control core coolant

    Tens of thousands being evacuated.

    “lost ability to control pressure at some of the reactors at its Daini plant nearby”

    “URGENT: Radiation 1,000 times higher than normal detected at nuke plant”

    “The Kyodo news agency says the cooling system has failed at three reactors at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan and that the coolant water’s temperature has reached boiling level.”

    The disastrous 9.1 earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 probably killed thousands, but the worst could be yet to come.

    May God help people in Japan.


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  • Chelsea Itson

    If the fuel rods are exposed, then we’re in for some serious, serious trouble. At least if the fuel rods were in the containment domes, a meltdown would be more like 3 Mile Island, not like Chernobyl. I have lots of family on the west coast of the US… if they melt down Chernobyl-style… oh Lord… they’re in the winds’ path.


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  • xdrfox

    3 Mile Island had only a partial meltdown. Very little radiation released, so they said !

    Japan has Radioactive Cesium material is being found outside from the plant caused by atomic fission, 160+ people being treated for radiation exposure last report.


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  • This a natural disaster. They happen all the time. Earthquakes happen thousands of times annually along tectonic plate boundaries. Most of the time they are small enough or far enough away for population centres not to cause significant damage. Earthquakes have been affecting human civilisations for thousands of years. Get used to it. The world is NOT going to hell. They are not predictable or preventable. You should be more worried about climate change, poverty, over population, wars, famines, peak oil, corporate greed etc.


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