Just because the issue is sort of a big thing right now, here are a few links to confirm everything: One, the original report, which cites Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. Al Jazeera’s liveblog also has this: “More reports from the Fukushima nuclear plant - radiation levels at a central control unit in the “No.1 reactor” have reached 1,000 times normal, a trade ministry official told Reuters. But that’s not a level that would require workers to evacuate the plant, the official said.” So, to put it simply, it’s bad but not bad enough for workers to leave the plant. However, civilians have been evacuated from the 10km immediate area. (credit to kateoplis, though with some stuff to push the story forward)
» Two sides, two arguments: Green groups AND nuclear advocates have their talking points here – groups in favor of nuclear energy say the precaution prevented a much worse situation with the Fukushima reactors. Green groups say any leak of radioactive gas proves the dangers are too high. Of course, if this happens, it kinda throws everything out the window.
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We’ve decided to fill the reactor container with sea water. Trade minister Kaieda has instructed us to do so. By doing this, we will use boric acid to prevent criticality.Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano • Explaining what will happen next in the wake of the Fukushima blast in Japan. For what its worth, Edano says that, although there was an explosion, it didn’t affect the core reactor. “The nuclear reactor is surrounded by a steel reactor container, which is then surrounded by a concrete building,” he said. “The concrete building collapsed. We found out that the reactor container inside didn’t explode.” Sea water, eh? Interesting coolant choice. source (via • follow)