Monday, March 14, 2011

Live Updates : Japanese Ordered Indoors in Radiation Leaked Harmfull Crisis,Video

Japan - High levels of radiation leaked from a crippled nuclear plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan after a third reactor was rocked by an explosion Tuesday and a fourth caught fire in a dramatic escalation of the 4-day-old catastrophe. The government warned 140,000 people nearby to stay indoors to avoid exposure.

Tokyo also reported slightly elevated radiation levels, but officials said the increase was too small to threaten the 39 million people in and around the capital, about 170 miles (270 kilometres) away.In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from four reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima state, one of the hardest-hit in Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that has killed more than 10,000 people, plunged millions into misery and pummeled the world's third-largest economy.Weather forecasts for Fukushima were for snow and wind from the northeast Tuesday evening, blowing southwest toward Tokyo, then shifting and blowing west out to sea.

That's important because it shows which direction a possible nuclear cloud might blow.The nuclear crisis is the worst Japan has faced since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. It is also the first time that such a grave nuclear threat has been raised in the world since a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded in 1986.

Some 70,000 people had already been evacuated from a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius from the Dai-ichi complex and about 140,000 remain in the zone for which the new warning was issued.“We got outside and confirmed everyone was safe . Then we got out of there. We had no time to be tested for radioactive exposure.

I still haven’t been tested,” Tadano told The Associated Press at an evacuation center outside the exclusion zone.“We live about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the facility. We had to figure out on our own where to go,” said Tadano, cradling his 4-month-old baby, Shoma.

“I worry a lot about fallout. If we could see it we could escape, but we can’t.”“Just because we are an evacuation center doesn’t mean we are safe,” said his sister-in-law Makiko Murasawa, 43.

The nuclear crisis has also raised global concerns about the safety of nuclear power at a time when it has seen a resurgence as an alternative to fossil fuels.The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the Japanese government has asked the agency to send experts to help.

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