Death Toll at 5,000 as Japan Braces As Second Reactor Explodes
March 14, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) – Three days after Japan’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, 2,000 bodies washed up on two separate beaches in Miyagi bringing the found dead to about 5,000. The death toll is now expected to exceed 10,000 and that number seems very understated, with 10,000 alone still missing from Minamisanriku, which has a total population of 17,000. Meanwhile a second explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant injured 11 workers Monday, and officials are already bracing for a third blast. After the explosions at Unit 1 and Unit 3, the plant has lost the ability to cool the reactor at Unit Two. They will have to inject it with seawater and periodically release radioactive steam, but a new explosion is quite possible. The New York Times reports that the plant could continue leaking radioactive steam for months as the plant fights to avert full meltdowns. The 450,000 people who have been evacuated as of Sunday in Miyagi and five other prefectures, may not be able to return to their homes for a considerable period. The powerful earthquake has moved the island’s coast inward 8 feet and has shifted the Earth on its axis by nearly 4 inches.