Kyodo news agency reports that approximately 2,000 bodies were found Monday in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's northeast coast. CNN notes that “if confirmed, the discovery would be the largest yet of victims from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.”
CNN reports: “Tokyo Electric Power Company says a core meltdown might have occurred in the No. 2 nuclear reactor of its Fukushima No. 1 power plant.”
According to The Mainichi Daily News, “experts have issued warnings that the explosion at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 14 could be far more serious than initially predicted.”
Oil prices fell Monday “as the earthquake in Japan raised concerns about the worldwide economy. The price of light crude for April delivery fell $1.53 per barrel to $99.63.”
And the Nikkei plunged over 6, closing at a four-month low, “pressured by concerns about the adverse economic impact from Friday's deadly quake and tsunami as well as a subsequent explosion at a nuclear power plant.”
CNN reports: “Numerous U.S. rescue and assistance teams arrived Sunday in Japan and are helping lead a broad international effort to bring relief to areas ravaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami. The United States, the United Kingdom, China and South Korea are among 69 governments that have offered to help, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing the Japanese foreign ministry.”
And CNNMoney reports that Japanese officials will “backstop the country's financial system with a cash injection of more than $60 billion to buffer it against the impact of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. The aim is to make sure the banks have enough cash on hand to meet demands of panicky investors and cover withdrawal demands of bank customers.”
Japan’s Asahi newspaper editorial board writes that “failures at nuclear plants in the quake raises a fundamental question: How can earthquake-prone Japan coexist with nuclear power plants?
Over in the United States, the difficulty the Japanese are facing in controlling their plants is raising red flags about the safety of U.S. facilities. "The tragic events now unfolding in Japan could very easily occur in the United States," Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who sits on the House committee overseeing nuclear power, said in a statement. He calls for “stronger safety systems in plants located near fault lines, emergency response drills that model instances when more than one disaster unfolds simultaneously, and the distribution of radiation-blocking potassium iodide pills to everyone living within 20 miles of a reactor. (Such pills are now disbursed to people within 10 miles of a reactor.)” CNN offers more information on Japan’s nuclear industry.
Asahi also notes that “the disaster has finally created political momentum for bipartisan cooperation for the well-being of the nation.” As Steve Clemons and other experts explain on the “Global Public Square,” Japan’s political and economic climate have been dire for years.
Finally, the editorial board of The Mainichi Daily News writes to the world: “Japan now faces its most serious crisis since World War II. Amid such a dire situation, we are extremely grateful for the heartwarming messages of support to Japan.”
I'd like to commend CNN for covering the facts of the Fukushima situation so well.
Please continue to use the most accurate technical terminology whenever possible.
I was born and raised in Japan. I speak both languages fluently. I have some training and am looking for somewhere to volunteer. I am not in a financial position to donate, but I would like to offer my servces. Can anyone help me with this?
We have noticed that swarms of earthquakes of magnitude 5 or greater occurred before the Honshu 8.9 quake starting on about march 7th. Recorded on March 7th (according to the earthquake list published by the USGS) where two 5+ events in the Ryukan Islands (Okinawan) of Japan south of Honshu. These were followed on the 8th and 9th by four 5+ temors near the Kamchutke Peninsula north of Honshu. Following these events where one 7+ and four 6+ quakes east of Honshu all of which lead up to the 8.9 Tsunami quake. why didn't this concentration of quakes result in cautionary warnings?
If anybody could answer this question, I would like to know how nuclear power plants dispose of their radioactive waste and whether or not that would pose a problem with using nuclear energy as a source of fuel in the long run.
I used to work at a nuclear power plant in Texas (Commanche Peak Steam Generating Plant) .I would like for CNN to ask the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commision) what is the current standard that american nuclear power plants should be able to handle in respect to a earthduake.When I worked at Commanche Peak it was a 8 on the rictor scale. Is this still so or has it been changed?
thanks for any information you may be able to attain
Milton C. Barfield
six reactors built adjacent to each other definitely seamed to compound the situation. i would think that one reactor should not be within 50 miles of an other...what do you think?
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