A cool shot of relief for Fukushima

Posted by By at 23 March, at 12 : 41 PM Print

It truly is the first positive for the FukushimaDai-ichi nuclear power plant since taking hits from an earthquake and tsunami nearly two weeks ago. Engineers have restored electricity to much of the facility including processors needed to cool down overheated nuclear reactors and spent fuel rods.

It is not clear if the equipment is working, and crews have not restored power to the building that contains reactor 2, because of a spike in radiation. This also does not necessarily mean containment of radiation leaking from other locations at the compound.

Government officials in Japan have banned shipment of food and dairy produced around Dai-icchi, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has followed suit turning back all imports of milk, fruit and other stable from several locations round Fukushima.

Also of concern now is tap water in Tokyo, after it tested two times above the acceptable level for radioactive Iodine, which health experts say is much too high for infants to consume.

The death toll continues to climb, standing at about 9,450, almost 15,000 are still missing, and nearly 265,000 have been left homeless.

The economic cost is also rising with damage now estimated to be well over $300 billion.

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