Thursday, May 19, 2011

When the tsunami hit Fukushima

When it has been more than two months since the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the company TEPCO, responsible for the Fukushima nuclear power, has made public the first pictures of how the tsunami struck up the nuclear plant. They can see the devastating damage done by the tidal wave as it passes through Fukushima.

Cars, reactors, tanks ... Everything was covered by the force of water after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The publication of the images coincides with the first entry of the plant workers in the reactor number 2 and number 3, two of the most damaged. As was the case when other technical Tepco nearly two weeks ago came the building of the reactor 1, the workers wore protective suits and air tanks.

According to TEPCO, were exposed to radiation levels of between 3.33 and 4.72 mSv, when Japanese law allows the emergency operators Fukushima receive up to 250 millisievert year. The operator of Fukushima reviewed the plan Wednesday to cool the plant and held in January 2012 as the deadline for closing the nuclear crisis, while deciding to vary the method of cooling the reactor by the high concentration of polluted water.

Will create a water circulation system to cool these units by pumping radioactive water that has previously been filtered and decontaminated. TEPCO's plan, supported by the Japanese government states that the plant is stabilized by January 2012 and that its reactors 1, 2 and 3 and the fuel pool Unit 4, already have a steady cooling in mid- July.

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