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Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes

Posted By Timon Singh On February 6, 2012 @ 5:58 pm In environmental destruction,News,Renewable Energy | No Comments

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Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis [1] was one of the most severe environmental disasters of the past year – and now it appears that it’s far from over, as the temperature at reactor number 2 just soared up 26.7 degrees Celsius in the past few hours [2]. The news comes soon after Japan announced an official “cold shutdown” [3] of the damaged plant, and authorities have announced that they no idea why the temperature is increasing.

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In the wake of the devastating tsunami [4] that swept over the north-east of the Japan, the Fukushima nuclear plant experienced a meltdown with radiation levels that eclipsed Chernobyl [5]. The reactor was stabilized in December at 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) after a titanic ten month struggle by emergency services, but over the last few hours, this has soared to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius). In a statement from Tepco [6], the company that own the plant, the situation is that: “Temperature indicates approx. 71.0 °C (as of 11:00 am on February 6). We will monitor it continuously.”

Tepco has admitted that they don’t have a clue about what is going on, but they have increased the amount of water pumped into the reactor by 10%. What is clear is that the aftermath of the epic magnitude 9 earthquake [7] is still being felt almost a year later. The plant’s soaring temperature means that the population’s health is still at risk [5], and the disaster zone could become even worse [7].

+ Tepco [6]

Via Gizmodo [2]

Photos © jetalone [8]Anosmia [9]


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[1] Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis: http://inhabitat.com/tag/fukushima/

[2] soared up 26.7 degrees Celsius in the past few hours: http://gizmodo.com/5882770/fukushima-crisis-awakes-after-reactor-heats-up-mysteriously

[3] Japan announced an official “cold shutdown”: http://inhabitat.com/japan-announces-official-cold-shutdown-of-damaged-reactors-at-fukushima-nuclear-plant/

[4] tsunami: http://inhabitat.com/tag/japan-tsunami/

[5] radiation levels that eclipsed Chernobyl: http://inhabitat.com/japan-nuclear-situation-worsens-as-fukushima-reactor-faces-possible-meltdown/

[6] In a statement from Tepco: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/12020604-e.html

[7] the aftermath of the epic magnitude 9 earthquake: http://inhabitat.com/radioactive-areas-around-fukushima-are-more-dangerous-than-chernobyl-standards/

[8] jetalone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetalone/6492411991/in/set-72157628371582829

[9] Anosmia: http://http//www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferboyer/5908855581/sizes/l/in/photostream/

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