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As of 3/14/2011 at 8AM Central Time, newest reports show that nuclear site #1 and #3 have blown and a few hours ago, site #2 blew with a lot of radiation coming from it, and now #4 is on fire. To make matters worse, they are no longer able to pump water into #4 reactor.
People were evacuated within 19 miles from the facility. In addition, one hundred-forty thousand citizens have been ordered to stay inside and seal doors and windows with plastic to prevent radiation from affecting their health. Twenty-three people are already sick and one hundred-fifty being monitored.
So far the official news on contamination is that it is higher than it should be for safety and some have been tested and taken to the hospital. The latest report says the level has gone way down down in the past six hours, which might have something to do with the weather. Temperatures are in the twenties at night and should not go above thrity-nine degrees today. They are also expecting rain or snow, which should help clean the air.
Food and gasoline is scarce and there is no electricity in the area that was hit by the tsunami. Nevertheless, people are basically calm, but the strain shows on their faces. The cold weather now will make things even more difficult on the people without heat and electricity but they seem to be taking it all in stride; a lesson that we can all learn.
Is this the future for the U.S.if we don’t make sure our facilities are safe enough to handle same conditions as the Japanese facility? Particularly concerning is how safe are the facilities in the U.S. from a terrorist attack?
News just came in that a new and very strong earthquake in Tokio just came in that has to be greater than the 6.0 they’ve been getting. This is important to note because they have been expecting another big one within a few days of the 9.0 quake. We don’t know if this is the one they’ve been expecting but we do know that it is stronger than the 450 other quakes (most around 6.0) they’ve been experiencing.
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Berlin, Germany (CNN) — Thousands of German demonstrators urged their leaders Monday night to shut down nuclear power plants in their country.
The protests were staged in Berlin and other cities days after a powerful earthquake damaged nuclear plants in Japan and spurred fears of radiation there.
Thorben Becker of the Federation for Environmental Protection, an environmental group, said the movement had received a major boost from the crisis in Japan.
Becker said more than 100,000 turned up in more than 400 cities. There were hundreds of people at the Berlin protests and shouts of “turn them off,” a reference to Germany nuclear reactors, rang through the demonstration.
On Saturday, protesters formed a 45-kilometer human chain between Stuttgart and the nuclear power plant Neckarwestheim. Police said around 60,000 people showed up for the protest, organized by various anti-nuclear organizations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a three-month moratorium on the extension of the operation periods for German nuclear plants.
That move will lead to at least one German nuclear plant shutting down very soon, Germany’s environmental minister later said in a statement.
Germany opted out of nuclear energy during the Gerhard Schroeder administration and the country is waiting for the operational periods of its nuclear plants to expire.
But the more pro-nuclear Merkel government, which succeeded the Schroeder administration, had passed a law extending the lifespan of the plants.