In Japan, the 11th Hour is in Play

Posted by By at 17 March, at 14 : 15 PM Print

Japan’s 11th hour plan includes using every conventional and some off the book ways of delivering water to cool down nuclear fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Over the past 24 hours, military helicopters have dumped seawater and firetrucks hastily equipped with water cannons sprayed water, efforts that apparently have had mixed results to stabilize a nuclear crisis.

The U.N Nuclear Agency has been talking no longer in terms of serious but very serious, which prompted the evacuation of some American citizens. Some top U.S. nuclear officials say radiation levels emitted from the facility have reached the category of very high.

Messages coming out of Tokyo Electric, the operator the Fukushima, says workers are seeing progress, and the hope is that efforts to restore the plant’s electric cooling systems will pay off.

Teruaki Kobayashi, an official with Tokyo Electric reported told other news outlets that radiation levels, “have somewhat stabilized at their lows,” and some of the spraying is hitting its target. “We are doing all we can as we pray for the situation to improve.”

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