Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant update March 18, about 9 AM Tokyo time. 
Taken from NHK World English.

About 5,700 deaths have been confirmed from the earthquake and tsunami. About 9,600 persons are missing or unaccounted for. Temperatures remain below freezing and some elderly are dying as a result of lack of heat in shelters. 285,000 persons live in the areas left without electricity from the earthquake. 

It is believed that fire engines pumping water towards reactor 3 have reached the spent fuel pool. The evidence for this is steam now being observed emanating from reactor 3.
Water spraying operations will resume today on the reactors with the addition of firefighters and their equipment to the SDF troops already there. The spraying is being concentrated on reactors 3 and 4.
Radiation readings are still highest at reactor 3, the plutonium fueled and most potentially dangerous reactor.
Reactors 5 and 6 remain unchanged.
Today it is hoped that power can be connected to the cooling device at reactor 2 to cool the fuel there.

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