New quake, Fukushima’s #4 reactor catches fire, Disaster equal to Chernobyl now?

7:50pm – According to NHK, Japan will raise the crisis level to level 7, the worst on the nuclear disaster scale. The only other 7 on the list historically is the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Japan’s Nuclear Commission says the damaged facilities have been releasing a massive amount of radioactive substances, which are posing a threat to human health and the environment over a wide area.

The agency believes the cumulative amount from the Fukushima plant is less than that from Chernobyl.

7:29pm – Tokyo Electric Power Company says small fire at power plant has been extinguished.

6:55pm – There have been two strong aftershocks in Japan today, exactly one month to the day a M9.0 hit off of Sendai. The most recent occurred in the past hour near Honshu. There have been no reports of a tsunami as this post is published.

Today’s earthquakes struck closer to Tokyo causing the Narita International Airport to be closed because of possible cracks on runways and taxiways.

In addition, Reuters reported that a fire had broken out at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant near the #4 reactor. Within the past few minutes, there is no longer smoke or flames visible. Officials are checking to see if the fire is out but are not sure.



Posted under earthquake/tsunami

This post was written by qni_it on April 11, 2011

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