Work resumes at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after workers where chased out of the facility on Thursday following a strong aftershock. It ripped through northeastern Japan leaving two people dead.
No new problems were reported at Fukushima, but at least a couple of other nuclear plants switched off temporarily to generators. Radioactive water reportedly splashed out of a facility in Onagawa but did not contaminant the building.
Nuclear safety inspectors say it does not appear as though it will pose any health risk, but spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama added, “closer inspection could find more problems.”
Hundreds of thousands of homes plunged into darkness. The damage and inconvenience of Thursday’s tremor left no comparison to the devastation Japan confronts from last month’s 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami.
Workers are Fukushima continue to keep pumping in and pumping out water. Keeping the reactors cool remains the top priority, along with re-starting the facility’s cooling processors. The only silver lining in recent days is that the radiation level is starting to drop off in the ocean, which means that they have found and possibly plugged the only hole leaking into the Pacific.
However, with no place to store radioactive water, workers have no choice but to keep dumping it back into the ocean.
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