Severe earthquake of magnitude 7.4 rocked Japan

Severe earthquake of magnitude 7.4 rocked Japan

Saitama : Japan | Apr 07, 2011 at 8:49 AM PDT
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A severe earthquake measuring 7.4 has Thursday the disaster region in north-eastern Japan on shaken. It was a Tsunami Warning was issued, reported the news agency Kyodo. In Miyagi Prefecture, police said all highways were closed.

In the Fukushima nuclear power plants are one and two, according to the operator of any new Tepco different values ​​have been measured. The region of Miyagi was with the devastating earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and hit hard before the tsunami were weeks four already. The disaster of 11 March fell last estimated 27 600 people died. 12 600 deaths have been officially confirmed.

For the workers at the power station Fukushima, however, four weeks after the nuclear disaster in Japan, no break in sight. Since Thursday, they fill nitrogen into the reactor housing to the block 1 The gas is explosive air mixture inside the dilution and thus prevent it from new hydrogen-like explosions shortly after the accident occurs. This Friday, the Japanese imperial couple to visit a detention center, which is due to impending Super-GAU 1200 people have taken refuge in the.

In the frozen zone around the damaged nuclear power plant, meanwhile, began a new search for tsunami dead. 300 police officers combed the city Minamisoma how the news agency Kyodo reported. The earthquake of 11March and the subsequent tsunami that hit the plant hard Fukushima, fell an estimated 27 600 people to the victims. 12 600 deaths have been officially confirmed.

Once at the nuclear plant finally a dangerous leak was sealed, the nitrogen injection started without problems. Kyodo reported that the energy company would Tepco six days out of almost 6000 cubic meters of nitrogen. The reactor blocks 2 and 3 could follow.

As the state-run news broadcaster NHK reported that the cooling water level in the reactor block 1 remains low after, so that the fuel rods heat up dangerously. This could cause the water into hydrogen and oxygen are separated. In this case, would increase the risk of detonating gas explosion. With nitrogen, the mixture is diluted. Just as Tepco is the Japanese nuclear safety authority NISA not assume that the nitrogen-supplying large quantities of radioactive steam from the reactor housing can flow through.

The leak at the reactor block 2, from the days on a highly toxic radiation soup in the Pacific was flowed uncontrollably, also remained close on Thursday. Nevertheless, Fukushima is the radiation exposure in the sea off further up. NHK, citing Tepco reported above, readings were from Wednesday to the 140 a 000-fold increased exposure to the radioactive iodine-131. A preliminary maximum value was on 2 with the 7.5-million-times the allowable radiation dose was measured April.

According to Kyodo reports that the government, measurement of radioactivity in a remote-controlled U.S. aircraft to use. This could be clarified how dangerous a new use of Tepco workers would be. They urgently need automatic cooling system in transition use. For current fuel rods is an open-lying basin with used temporarily flooded with water - and now threatens to overflow the broth.

Surprisingly, reported since submerged Tepco week Chef Masataka Shimizu back. On 13 March, he was publicly performed for the last time. He then withdrew, and was occasionally dizziness and high blood pressure treated in hospital with.

With small gestures try Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko, continue to give comfort. Exactly four weeks after the quake, they do this Friday, a Tokyo detention center in the neighboring province visit to Saitama. There are about 1,200 refugees from Futaba seen. Futaba is destroyed in the Fukushima nuclear power plant fuel.

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Destruction in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture. A new strong earthquake shook the disaster region.
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