March 29, 2011- Japan announced today that the country was on “maximum alert” over a damaged nuclear facility where contaminated water has stopped repairs and plutonium has been discovered in the soil surrounding the plant.
The massive earthquake and devastating tsunami that ruined the northeasterly coast of Japan coast and killed or misplaces close to 28,000 inhabitants also disabled reactor cooling processes at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which is seeping radiation into the environment, including the ocean.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, admitted the circumstances at the coastal nuclear facility was “unpredictable” and promised the Japanese government would “tackle the problem while in a state of maximum alert”.
In a last ditch effort to contain the emergency at the power station, workers have poured many tons of water onto reactors in an attempt to cool the fuel rods used to power the station. Unfortunately, the run-off is accumulating into tunnels and some of this is leaking out into the air and sea.