According to Japanese officials a second hydrogen explosion has occurred at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant but in a different unit at the facility. Reports that plumes of grey smoke have been seen rising from the number 3 unit but the inner reactor container is thought to be intact.
The reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast on Saturday in the facility’s number 1 unit.
Ryo Miyake from Japan’s nuclear safety agency said: “We believe it was a hydrogen explosion. It is not immediately known if it affected the reactor.” Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said people within a 20km (12 mile) radius were ordered to stay inside.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says seven people are missing after the blast and three are injured. Officials have been racing stave off multiple reactor meltdowns after a devastating quake and tsunami incapacitated the Fukushima plant. More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation.
A nuclear crisis was triggered by twin disasters on Friday, when the 8.9 magnitude earthquake was followed by a tsunami that ravaged Japan’s north-eastern coast. More than 1,400 people were killed, but a police chief said the death toll may be over 10,000.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also declared a state of emergency at the Onagawa site after excessive radiation levels were recorded there. And the cooling system pump has failed at the Tokai facility but the back-up is working, according to an official.
The threat of a possible meltdown seems to be getting higher, hopefully the backup cooling system will continue working. Let’s hope they get everyone a safe distance from the reactors, if there is one.
Read More: Yahoo News
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