Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Tuesday Afternoon EDT/ Wednesday Morning Tokyo Time
Japan Disaster Update

Japan now estimates over 21,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami.

Pacific quake brings
A radiation leak
Now watch for Godzilla!- new Haiku posted at mubi.com

The temperature in the core of reactor 1 is reported to be rising. It is about 715-735 degrees F, about 140 degrees over operating levels reported Globalsecuritynewswire.org quoting TEPCO Executive Vice President Sakae Muto today.
Electrical lines are connected to all six reactors but the status of the equipment and controls is questionable.
Workers spent Tuesday flooding reactor 2 spent fuel pond, which had been steaming for two days.
Smoke is no longer being observed coming from reactor 3.
UN nuclear officials stated that they were not receiving current updates on radioactivity levels and temperatures at problematic reactors 1,2,3,& 4.
Technicians are attempting to restore power to the equipment and controls at the reactors. Progress could take weeks or months.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that radiation is still being detected coming from the Fukushima Daiishi complex but that the exact source is uncertain.
TEPCO admitted today that far more spent fuel rods were being stored at the Fukushima Daiishi plants than the storage ponds were designed to hold.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company has finally got the lights back on in reactor 3 & 4 control rooms.

No Homes

About 300,000 people have been left homeless by the earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan.
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