Bishwa Nath Singh
Japanese authorities evacuated workers on the March27,2011 from a reactor building they were working in after high doses of radiation were detected at a crippled nuclear power plant, the plant's operator had retreated. Tokyo Electric Power Co said radiation ten million times the usual level was detected in water that had accumulated at the No. 2 reactor's turbine housing unit.A Tokyo Electric official said workers left the No. 2 reactor's turbine housing unit to prevent exposure to radiation.They had been struggling to pump radioactive water out of the nuclear power station, battered by a huge earthquake and a tsunami just over two weeks ago, after it was found in buildings housing three of the six reactors.
(Photo of Japan where people are striving hard tocurb the crisis)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
On Thursday, the 24th of March 2011,three workers were taken to hospital from reactor No. 3 after stepping in water with radiation levels ten thousand times higher than usually found in a reactor. But it was not immediately clear if the nu...mbers were comparable with March 27,2011 reading at reactor No. 2.However, it was yet another indication that the crisis at the plant was far from over, a point the world's chief nuclear inspector underlined at the weekend.Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency . cautioned that Japan's nuclear emergency could go on for weeks, if not months more."This is a very serious accident by all standards," he told the New York Times. "And it is not yet over."The radiation levels in the sea off the Fukushima Daiichi plant rose on March 27,2011 to one thousand eight hundred fifty times normal just over two weeks after the disaster struck, from One thousand two hundred fifty on March 26,2011 Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said."Ocean currents will disperse radiation particles and so it will be very diluted by the time it gets consumed by fish and seaweed," as revealed by Hidehiko Nishiyama, a senior agency official.The crisis at the plant, two hundred forty kms. north of Tokyo, has overshadowed a relief and recovery effort from the magnitude 9.0 quake and the huge tsunami it triggered on March 11,2011 that left more than twenty seven thousand people dead or missing in northeast Japan.Amano, a former Japanese diplomat who made a trip to Japan after the quake, said authorities were still unsure about whether the plant's reactor cores and spent fuel were covered with the water needed to cool them.He told the newspaper he saw a few "positive signs" with the restoration of some electric power to the plant.But he said: "More efforts have to be done to put an end to the accident," while adding he was not criticizing Japan's response.Let us hope and pray that Japan will emerge shining from the great crisis that it had faced due to severe eath quake and tsunami that Jaoan had faced on March 11,2011 after world war-two!