Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater. A barrier built to contain the water has already been breached, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority warned. This means the amount of contaminated water seeping into the Pacific Ocean could accelerate rapidly, it said.
Typhoon Talas hits Japan. There are 47 people confirmed dead and 56 are yet still missing. It hit mainly the western part (Wakayama, Nara and Mie) and it left 24 000 households without power. Spread the news, find ways to donate and if you think it helps, pray. It’s truly a horrible year for Japan…
Oh my god…
Geez. This happened last week and these are the first pictures I’ve seen. Tumblr, your failing me. How horrific for the people of Japan. They have been through hell this year.
While looting often becomes an issue post-disaster, it’s been the exact opposite in Japan.
Since the March earthquake and tsunami that leveled much of Japan, thousands of wallets containing a total of $48 million in cash have washed ashore — and been turned in, ABC reports. In addition, 5,700 safes containing $30 million in cash also have turned up.
Ryuji Ito, professor emeritus at Japan’s Yokohama City University, tells the Daily Mail that these acts of integrity are simply reflective of the culture:
“…The fact that a hefty 2.3 billion yen in cash has been returned to its owners shows the high level of ethical awareness in the Japanese people.” [read more; March 13 photo: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images]
More than two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami, he ( Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency) cautioned that the nuclear emergency could still go on for weeks, if not months, given the enormous damage to the plant.
His concerns were underscored on Sunday when officials in Japan announced higher levels of radiation in pools of water at the facility’s stricken reactors.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said that water seeping out of the crippled No. 2 reactor building into the adjacent turbine building contained levels of radioactive iodine 134 that were about 10 million times the level normally found in water used inside nuclear power plants.
The higher levels may suggest a leak from the reactor’s fuel rods — from either the suppression chamber under the rods or various piping — or even a breach in the pressure vessel that houses the rods, the Japanese nuclear regulator said.
The U.S.’s announcement that it will support an international trade ban on the Atlantic bluefin tuna (whose population has declined by 72% over the past 40 years) was shocking news for Japan, given that about half of their supply comes from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Reuters reported.
Japan says it won’t comply with an international ban on the fish.