Japanese Nuke Plant Blows Up, Radiation Leaking (Video)
March 12, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)—Japan continues to get hammered from the after effects of a powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit on Friday, causing untold devastation and thousands of deaths, with the death toll rising everyday. Now comes this. On Saturday, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station exploded after the reactor’s cooling system failed. Video of the explosion shows clouds of white smoke and radioactive vapor shooting up from the roof of the nuclear power plant. And officials confirm there is a radiation leak, which prompted a more far-reaching evacuation extending 12-miles from the explosion.
Japanese officials are claiming that the level of radiation is not dangerous, but nevertheless, they plan to distribute iodine, and are issuing warnings for people to avoid going outdoors and to keep their mouths covered.
The New York Times writes:
“Government officials said that the explosion, caused by a build-up of pressure in the reactor after the cooling system failed, destroyed the concrete structure surrounding the reactor but did not collapse the critical steel container inside. They said that raised the chances that they could prevent the release of large amounts of radioactive material and could avoid a core meltdown at the plant.
“We’ve confirmed that the reactor container was not damaged. The explosion didn’t occur inside the reactor container. As such there was no large amount of radiation leakage outside,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in a news conference Saturday evening. “At this point, there has been no major change to the level of radiation leakage outside, so we’d like everyone to respond calmly.”‘
Japan depends heavily on nuclear power. There have been concerns raised for years, regarding the safety of the nuclear facilities in the event of a major earthquake. So far, a more serious core meltdown has not occurred. And officials are working furiously to prevent another nuclear disaster similar to Chernobyl.