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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: 9.1 MAJOR Earthquake, tsunami hit northeast Japan  Reply with quote




7.2 Earthquake hits northeast Japan, tsunami warning

March 9, 2011  


A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 hit off the coast of northeastern Japan on Wednesday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said, but there were so far no reports of damage from the quake.
A tsunami advisory of up to 50 cm (about 20 inches) was issued for northeastern Japan after the quake hit around 11:45 a.m. (9:45 p.m. ET), JMA said.

"First I felt a jolt that pushed from underneath, then a big sideways tremor that lasted for about 20 seconds," Yoshiyuki Sato, an official at Kurihara City in Miyagi prefecture, about 300 km (186 miles) northeast of Tokyo, told Reuters.
"The tremor was relatively big but things did not fall off the shelves in the city government building," he said.
The focus of the tremor was 10 km (6 miles) below the surface of the earth, off the coast of Aomori prefecture, public broadcaster NHK said.

An official at the National Police Agency said there was no information on damage from the quake so far.
Tohoku Electric Power said its Onagawa nuclear plant was operating normally after the quake. Tokyo Electric Power also said there was no impact on its power plants in the region.
Bullet trains resumed running in northeastern Japan after stopping briefly, Kyodo news agency reported.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.
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6.6 magnitude earthquake  January 13, 2011
Several strong quakes hit Iwo-jima, Volcano Islands, Japan

Many aftershocks after March quake-wave.  Japan is used to quakes and well prepared.
A major 7.2-magnitude quake struck off Japan, swaying buildings in Tokyo and triggering a 60-centimetre (24 inch) tsunami, but causing no reported casualties or damage.
Buildings shook hundreds of miles away in Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011...72-magnitude-earthquake-249063715

Sendai Japan tsunami 2011 after 8.6 earthquake VIDEO
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9.1  MAJOR Earthquake, tsunami hit northeast Japan
Later changed to 9.1 magnitude
March 11, 2011
-  A 30 foot mud-water tsunami swept inland, thousands dead
Fires, refinery, nuclear reacter problems
I am taking some notes off CNN television reporting.

Tokyo infrastructure is hit miles from quake
ceiling falling, trains shut down

tsunami warning for Hawaii
U. S Navy ships leaving ports loaded with aid

Tsunami Warning Issued for Hawaii, Pacific Basin, U.S. West Coast

Tsunami Slams Northern Japan After Massive 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast
March 11, 2011
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 2:46 p.m. quake was a magnitude 8.9, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since officials began keeping records in the late 1800s.

A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday,
sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control.
Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency says at least 29 people have died in the quake and tsunami that hit the north.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0.
Dozens of cities and villages along the 1,300-mile stretch of the country's eastern shore were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo,
hundreds of miles from the epicenter in the sea off the northeastern coast.

A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific, including areas as far away as South America, the entire U.S. West Coast, Canada and Alaska.

Kyodo news agency said 15 people were killed. The government confirmed only five deaths.

"The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan
Even for a country used to earthquakes, this one was of horrific proportions.

Large fishing boats and other sea vessels rode high waves into the cities, slamming against overpasses. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water.

Waves of muddy waters swept over farmland near the city of Sendai, carrying buildings, some on fire, inland as cars attempted to drive away.
Sendai airport, north of Tokyo, was inundated with cars, trucks, buses and thick mud deposited over its runways.
Fires spread through a section of the city, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The tsunami roared over embankments, washing cars, houses and farm equipment inland before reversing directions and carrying them out to sea.
Flames shot from some of the houses, probably because of burst gas pipes.

"Our initial assessment indicate that there has already been enormous damage," Chief government spokesman Yukio Edano said.
"We will make maximum relief effort based on that assessment."

He said the Defense Ministry was sending troops to the quake-hit region. A utility aircraft and several helicopters were on the way.

A large fire erupted at the Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo and was burning out of control with
100-foot-high flames whipping into the sky.
NHK showed footage of a large ship being swept away and ramming directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture.

A tsunami warning was extended to a number of Pacific, Southeast Asian and Latin American nations, including Japan, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Chile.
In the Philippines, authorities said they expect a 3-foot high tsunami.

The quake struck at a depth of six miles, about 80 miles off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles northeast of Tokyo.

In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety.
TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.
The tremor bent the upper tip of the iconic Tokyo Tower, a 333-meter steel structure inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Several nuclear plants along the coast were partially shut down, but there were no reports of any radioactive leakage.

In central Tokyo, trains were stopped and passengers walked along the tracks to platforms.
NHK said more than 4 million buildings were without power in Tokyo and its suburbs.

A large numbers of people waited at Tokyo's Shinjuku station, the world's busiest train station, for service to resume so they could go home.
TV announcers urged workers not to leave their offices to prevent injuries in case of more strong aftershocks.

Osamu Akiya, 46, was working in Tokyo at his office in a trading company when the quake hit.
It sent bookshelves and computers crashing to the floor, and cracks appeared in the walls.

"I've been through many earthquakes, but I've never felt anything like this," he said. "I don't know if we'll be able to get home tonight."

Footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks.
It also showed a glass shelter at a bus stop in Tokyo completely smashed by the quake and a weeping woman nearby being comforted by another woman.

Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.

Thirty minutes after the main quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working.
Japan's Coast Guard set up a task force and officials were standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said.

"I'm afraid we'll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong," he said.

Tokyo's main airport was closed. A large section of the ceiling at the 1-year-old airport at Ibaraki, about 50 miles northeast of Tokyo, fell to the floor with a powerful crash.

Dozens of fires were reported in northern prefectures of Fukushima, Sendai, Iwate and Ibaraki. Collapsed homes and landslides were also reported in Miyagi.

Japan's worst previous quake was in 1923 in Kanto, an 8.3-magnitude temblor that killed 143,000 people, according to USGS.
A 7.2-magnitude quake in Kobe city in 1996 killed 6,400 people.

Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" -- an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur,
including the one that triggered the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 230,000 people in 12 nations.
A magnitude-8.8 temblor that shook central Chile last February also generated a tsunami and killed 524 people.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011...agnitude-earthquake-strikes-japan

8.9-magnitude quake triggers devastating Japan tsunami
At least 32 deaths confirmed; homes, cars, buildings swept away by waves

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42023385/ns/world_news-asiapacific

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthq...recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0001xgp.php

video Japan Earthquake - Tsunami TV Coverage March 11, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VopzGcBkfnE
http://video.foxnews.com/v/457988...l-of-water-sweeps-ashore-in-japan


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Quake Causes Major Damage
Japan's prime minister said Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake caused "major damage" in northeastern Japan,
but that nuclear power facilities in the area were not damaged and there was no radiation leakage.

Friday's offshore quake triggered a tsunami that hit Japan's eastern coast, sweeping away buildings and cars.
TV footage also showed fires burning in the northern city of Sendai. Officials were still trying to assess the extent of destruction.

"The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Kan said during an emergency news conference.
"Some of the nuclear power plant in the region have automatically shut down, but there as no leakage of radioactive materials to the environment."

The government's top spokesman, Yukio Edano, said that the country was sending troops to the quake-hit area to join relief efforts.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011...inister-quake-causes-major-damage


Tsunami Warning Issued for Pacific, North American Coastlines
- Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific braced for a destructive tsunami early Friday after a massive earthquake struck in Japan.

Tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas were being evacuated in Hawaii, where the first waves were expected to hit about 3 a.m. Friday.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center widened its tsunami warning beyond East Asia late Thursday to include
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America and the rest of the Pacific Ocean.

Chip McCreary, the center's director, said tsunami waves have the potential to swamp coastal areas of all Hawaii's islands.

What these waves look like is an elevation of sea level, where the sea level will rise above its normal level and stay high for 10 or 15 minutes before it starts to recede.
As a result of this, in a tsunami wave, that water can flood the coast line and be a hazard to people and buildings on the coast.
A lesser tsunami watch was issued for the entire western coast of the United States and Canada from the Mexican border to Chignik Bay in Alaska.

Residents in coastal areas across the Pacific from Hawaii to Guam were ordered to evacuate to shelters and higher ground.
In Hawaii's tourist district of Waikiki, visitors were being moved to higher floors of their hotels.
Meanwhile, residents were waiting in long lines stocking up on gas, bottled water, canned food and generators.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011...unami-watch-issued-hawaii-pacific


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Japan Declares Nuclear Emergency, Cooling System Fails at Power Plant

Ominous flash from Kyodo
Japan has declared a nuclear emergency


Update: There's no evidence of any radioactive leakage, but officials have confirmed that the cooling process for the nuclear plant has not yet gone according to plan.

The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reported an abnormality Friday following a powerful earthquake which hit a wide area in northeastern Japan including Fukushima Prefecture, the industry ministry said.
The system to cool reactor cores in case of emergency stopped at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., it said.
There are reports that the Japanese PM will declare a nuclear emergency
http://www.businessinsider.com/fukushima-nuclear-plant-2011-3

Accuweather reports, maps, images
http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/...ajor-earthquake-hits-japan-pr.asp


Japan initiates emergency protocol after earthquake
11 March 2011 -  Onagawa, Fukushima Daiichi, Fukushima Daini and Tokai nuclear power stations have automatically shut down following a magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the northeast coast of the largest island of Japan, Honshu.

All 4 operating plants on that coast have automatically shut down, or SCRAMmed, according to Japan Atomic Information Forum (JAIF). Higashidori 1, which is also located on Honshu's northeast coast, was shut down for a periodic inspection.

The earthquake struck at 2:45pm local time. A 6:45 pm local time report from the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency contained more information of damage and other problems in a site-by-site report.

-A C02 fire has broken out at Onagawa nuclear power station.

-Utility TEPCO has requested the establishment of a nuclear emergency response programme for Fukushima Daiichi 1&3 and Fukushima Daini 1.

JAIF reported that Fukushima Daiichi 1, 2 and 3 automatically shut down; units 4, 5 and 6 were in maintenance outages. Fukushima Daini 1, 2, 3 and 4 automatically shut down.

JAIF has reported that TEPCO sent the emergency report because emergency diesel generators at the two sites are out of order.
It said that there is no report that the radiation was detected out of the site.
It said that an emergency headquarters has been set up and will issue information hourly.

JAIF also reported that the Rokkasho reprocessing facility was being powered by emergency diesel generators. No other unusual events or radiation leaks have been reported. Nuclear power stations at Hamaoka, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa and Tomari are continuing normal operation, according to JAIF.

After an accident occurs at a nuclear power plant, the licensee must notify the national Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency by law.

A minister in its controlling organisation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, notifies the prime minister’s office. The central nuclear emergency response headquarters (NERHQ) of the national government issues a nuclear emergency declaration, which also includes instructions about preventative measures. It receives technical advice from the Nuclear Safety Commission. The NERHQ sends a specialist and the NSC sends a commissioner to the site.

After the emergency declaration is received, the local office of the national government’s NERHQ arranges prevention measures based on factors including facility information, climate and monitoring.

Nuclear emergency response operations are coordinated in one of 20 so-called off-site centres spread across Japan, which are close to, but not inside, nuclear facilities. The off-site centre’s role is to be the main centre of information, incident analysis, and emergency plan organisation and direction. Two or three senior specialists for nuclear emergency preparedness work in each OFC. In normal conditions, the specialists work as nuclear power safety inspectors, checking plant operation from the viewpoint of regulation. During an emergency, the specialists organize prevention measures as a secretariat and report it to a joint council for nuclear emergency response. The joint council includes not only the local office of the national government’s NERHQ and the senior specialists, but also representatives of the Nuclear Safety Commission and prefectural and municipal NERHQs.

The joint council devises instructions to residents for evacuation and/or sheltering. It also instructs the emergency services and coast guard, self-defence force, Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organisation (JNES), the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and other bodies.

JNES has constructed a dedicated high-speed network system connecting the 20 off-site centres and other agencies called Emergency Preparedness Response Network (EPRNet). It includes video conferencing systems, e-mail, telephone, fax, and connections to a meteorological information service, a plant information collection, diagnosis, prognosis and analytical prediction tool (called ERSS), and an emergency environmental dose prediction tool (called SPEEDI).
http://www.neimagazine.com/story....ioncode=132&storyCode=2059127


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Ship with 100 people swept away in Japan tsunami  
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4040831,00.html

Nuclear power plant
Pressure at Damaged Japanese Nuclear Reactor Rising.
Earthquake damage at a Japanese nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo has stoked fears of radioactive fallout unless the reactor's core can be cooled and renewed concerns about the security of other nuclear facilities in the tsunami's path.
http://abcnews.go.com/Internation...ed-power-plants/story?id=13114181
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JAPAN  *  Sakurajima Erupts
4 volcanoes confirmed Erupting 11 March 2011  

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7934418.stm

According to his information there have been 4 volcano eruptions.  It probably has to do with that X class flare the sun erupted.

2 in Russia
Indonesia
Japan


INDONESIA Mount Karangetang VOLCANO ERUPTS
[b]Mount Karangetang, one of Indonesia's most active volcanos, has erupted just hours after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan
and a smaller unrelated quake hit Hawaii on Friday.
Incredibly Indonesia has just been hit - past 30 minutes or so - by half-a-metre high tsunami waves generated by the Japan quake.
Damage reports on the waves are still awaited.

Mount Karangetang erupted this afternoon sending gas and lava down its sides and endangering nearby villages.
Volcanology official Agus Budianto said that authorities were still trying to evacuate residents living along the slopes of Mount Karangetang.
The mountain, situated on Siau in the Sulawesi island chain, killed four people when it last erupted in August 2010.
http://www.newstime.co.za/WorldNe...ndonesian_Volcanic_Eruption/22302

Also the Russian Kamchatka volcanoes erupted today accompanied with earthquakes
http://translate.google.com/trans...e-ziemia-i-wybuchaja-wulkany.html


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Radiation 1,000 times higher than normal detected at nuke plant

March 12, 2011   TOKYO,  Kyodo
The amount of radiation reached around 1,000 times the normal level Saturday in the control room of the No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.
The discovery suggests radioactive steam could spread around the facility operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Pressure at Damaged Japanese Nuclear Reactor Rising.  
Earthquake damage at a Japanese nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo has stoked fears of radioactive fallout unless
the reactor's core can be cooled and renewed concerns about the security of other nuclear facilities in the tsunami's path.
Japan to release radioactive vapor to ease pressure at nuclear reactor.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9LT6T580&show_article=1


Chernobyl (wormwood) again
Temps rising at nuke plant, steam release will be radioactive
evacuation within 2 miles radius, 3000 people affected
The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday on its website that the quake and tsunami knocked out the reactor's off-site power source, which is used to cool down the radioactive material inside.
Then, the tsunami waves disabled the backup source, diesel generators, and authorities were working to get these operating.
If they can't restore power to the plant (and cool the reactor), then there's the possibility of some sort of core meltdown.

Radiation levels at damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuke plant are continuing to rise.
Radiation 1,000 times higher than normal detected.
Ministry official: 'Possibility of radioactive leak'.
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/76948.html


Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Escalates in Japan Worse than Chernobyl  
The Institute for Public Accuracy issued the following statement by nuclear expert, Kevin Kamp, about the risk of nuclear disaster in post-Earthquake Japan:  
“The electrical grid is down. The emergency diesel generators have been damaged. The multi-reactor Fukushima atomic power plant is now relying on battery power, which will only last around eight hours.
The danger is, the very thermally hot reactor cores at the plant must be continuously cooled for 24 to 48 hours. Without any electricity, the pumps won’t be able to pump water through the hot reactor cores to cool them.
Once electricity is lost, the irradiated nuclear fuel could begin to melt down. If the containment systems fail, a catastrophic radioactivity release to the environment could occur.”

“In addition to the reactor cores, the storage pool for highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel is also at risk. The pool cooling water must be continuously circulated. Without circulation, the still thermally hot irradiated nuclear fuel in the storage pools will begin to boil off the cooling water. Within a day or two, the pool’s water could completely boil away. Without cooling water, the irradiated nuclear fuel could spontaneously combust in an exothermic reaction. Since the storage pools are not located within containment, a catastrophic radioactivity release to the environment could occur. Up to 100 percent of the volatile radioactive Cesium-137 content of the pools could go up in flames and smoke, to blow downwind over large distances. Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago.”

Kamps is a specialist in nuclear waste at Beyond Nuclear and conducted research last year assessing the state of nuclear facilities in Japan.
Meabwhile, Japan has ordered thousands of residents near a northeastern nuclear power plant to evacuate today following a massive earthquake that caused a problem in the plant’s cooling system, according to the Associated Press.
http://blogs.forbes.com/williampe...tes-in-japan-worse-than-chernobyl


A man came on tv to say it cant be as bad as Chernobyl.  He was a nuclear expert at Chernobyl.  It could get as bad as 3 mile island.

The Three Mile Island accident was a [b]partial core meltdown in Pennsylvania in 1979[/b]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident
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Explosion rocks quake-hit Japanese nuke plant
TV footage shows building's crumbled walls, blew the roof off,
'We are now trying to analyze what is behind the explosion
,' official says
March 12, 2011  The walls of a building at a nuclear power station crumbled Saturday following an explosion only hours after Japanese officials said they feared the reactor could melt down.
Smoke poured out of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility where authorities had warned Friday of a failure of its cooling system resulting from a powerful earthquake and tsunami.

It was not clear if the damaged building housed the reactor.
Several workers were injured by the blast at Fukushima Unit 1, Japanese TV station NHK reported.
Footage on Japanese TV showed that the walls of one building had crumbled, leaving only a skeletal metal frame standing. Puffs of smoke were spewing out of the plant.
"We are now trying to analyze what is behind the explosion," government spokesman Yukio Edano said, stressing that people should quickly evacuate a six-mile radius. "We ask everyone to take action to secure safety."

'Radioactive vapors'
Pressure has been building up in the reactor, it's now twice the normal level, and Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters Saturday
that it was venting "radioactive vapors" to relieve that pressure. Officials said they were measuring radiation levels in the area.

Before the blast, the reactor in trouble had already leaked radiation:
Operators at the Fukushima Daiichi plant's Unit 1 detected eight times the normal radiation levels outside the facility and 1,000 times normal inside Unit 1's control room.
Earlier, Japan warned of a meltdown after the nuclear reactor was damaged by the quake and tsunami.
Video: Japanese nuclear plants under meltdown threat (on this page)

Experts said any threat of widespread radiation leaks would be contained as long as the reactor's outer container is intact.
Authorities have been scrambling to reduce pressure at two nuclear power plants in Fukushima, 150 miles north of Tokyo, damaged by Friday's devastating quake .

Two reactors had lost cooling ability at the  nuclear power plant.
Because of the overheating, a meltdown was possible at one of the reactors, said Ryohei Shiomi, an official with Japan's nuclear safety commission.
But even if there was a meltdown, it wouldn't affect people outside a six-mile radius, he said. Most of the 51,000 residents living within the danger area had been evacuated, he said.

Nuclear authorities as saying that there was a high possibility that nuclear fuel rods at No. 1 reactor may be melting or have melted.
Experts said if that is the case, it means the reactor is heating up. If that is not halted, such as by venting steam which releases small amounts of radiation,
there is a chance it would result in a rupture of the reactor pressure vessel.

But the risk of contamination can be minimized as long as the external container structure is intact, they said. The worry then becomes whether the quake has weakened the structure.
There has been no official word so far on whether the structure was damaged by the quake.
Open Channel blog: 2007 Japan quake was wake-up call on nuclear safety

The 8.9 magnitude quake and the tsunami that followed cut off electricity to the site and disabled emergency generators, knocking out the main cooling system.

'No Chernobyl is possible'  Famous last words . . .  
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which operates the six-reactor Daiichi site, said Friday that it had also lost cooling ability at a second reactor there and three units at its nearby Fukushima Daini site.

The government declared state of emergency at all those units.
Japanese officials and experts have been at pains to say that while there would be radiation leaks, they would be very small and have dismissed suggestions of a repeat of a Chernobyl-type disaster.

No Chernobyl is possible at a light water reactor. Loss of coolant means a temperature rise, but it also will stop the reaction," said Naoto Sekimura, a professor at the University of Tokyo.
"Even in the worst-case scenario, that would mean some radioactive leakage and equipment damage, but not an explosion. If venting is done carefully, there will be little leakage. Certainly not beyond the 3-km (1.8-mile) radius."

Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, which opposes nuclear energy, told msnbc.com that TEPCO was facing a potential catastrophe.
'It's just as bad as it sounds. What they have not been able to do is restore cooling of the radioactive core to prevent overheating and that's causing a variety of problems, including a rise in temperature and pressure with the containment (buildings).
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42044156/ns/world_news-asia-pacific
Winds will remain offshore Saturday, local time, despite turning more to the southwest, which may help guide most of the radiation offshore.
http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/...apan-nuclear-plant-evacuation.asp
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