3/29/11

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Radiation from the atomic ruin threatened Fukushima Tokyo

The rotating wind will carry radioactive particles from Fukushima to Tokyo. In the wrecked nuclear power station, the situation remains unpredictable. 
The fight against the worst-case scenario in the atomic ruins of Fukushima is dramatic. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday described the development as "unpredictable". The forces trying to barely tolerable conditions, to cool the nuclear plant. According to expert estimates, it may be months before a meltdown has been averted for good. "I will not even estimate how long this situation, but first we need to ensure that we get the plant under control," said a spokesman for the nuclear power plant operator Tepco.
The government in Tokyo again increased the pressure on the energy company Tepco. For the technicians, soldiers and firefighters are working on the stricken reactor already at the limit of their powers. You will evidently not enough to eat and to sleep on the possibly contaminated concrete floor. Industry Minister Banri Kaieda demanded Tepco to improve the situation of the forces quickly reported the news agency Kyodo. Let there be not enough lead blankets, which can protect workers from radiation.
Concern at the moment the weather. On Wednesday, the sea blowing wind will change direction. Then take the gusts radioactive particles from Fukushima towards the teeming metropolis of Tokyo. "That's where the concentration increases, therefore, however much diluted compared to the initial region," said the German Weather Service (DWD) with. On Thursday the wind but its direction would change again towards the sea.
Meanwhile, were also west and southwest of Japan - in terms of South Korea, Hong Kong and China, small amounts of radioactive iodine-131 in the air - that is counter to the prevailing wind direction. Headache for the government is still the found in the soil around the damaged power plant plutonium. The measured amount of plutonium is low and not dangerous people, but assured Tepco again.

Government spokesman Yukio Edano said, however, the situation was "very seriously", the plutonium was a reference to "a certain amount of melting fuel rods." Where is the plutonium is not yet known beyond doubt.

The German nuclear expert Michael Sailer warned Germany in radio, the discovery of plutonium means that the fuel rods were "either just below or in the meltdown of the core melt." The chemist is a member of the Nuclear Safety Commission of the Federation and CEO of the Eco-Institute. The current struggle against a meltdown, "said Sailer, which would" take many weeks, many months ".

Another unresolved issue is the shining water in the atomic ruins. It was at times up to one meter in the basement of the turbine buildings of four of the six reactors in Fukushima one. A major task of the forces on Tuesday was the pumping of polluted water from the basement of the turbine building of Unit 1 But the workers do not know now what to do with the highly toxic liquid from Block 2 and 3, as Kyodo reported. There was a lack of tanks.
Most dangerous is the irradiated water in a ditch of Block 2 The Japanese authorities will now assume that the highly radioactive water in the ditch was in "direct contact" with fuel rods in the reactor core, such as the Society for Plant and Reactor Safety (GRS) announced. The background: experts wondering for some time, whether the reactor pressure vessel where it is still tight. The Japanese do now increasingly use foreign experts, to bring the wrecked reactor under control.

Takeaki Matsumoto foreign minister said after a Kyodo report that Tokyo was "very willing" to use technology and knowledge of other nations in resolving the crisis. Moreover, the Japanese government is perhaps the nationalization of Tepco. At least that was the minister for national policy, Koichiro Gemba, quoted by Kyodo. Government spokesman denied, however Edano.
It is not clear on how high the cost of the disaster will be werden.Ministerpräsident Kan addition to the actual state budget special budget equivalent to about 17 to 26 billion euros establish how the news agency Kyodo reported.

Japan is already heavily in debt. With the new money, the cost of the consequences after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, to be paid. French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants Japan pay a solidarity visit on Thursday. The number of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March officially declared dead victims rose to 11 on Tuesday 168th Further 16 407 people are missing still. With about 4,000 corpses were found in the prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, is still unclear as to who it is.