Japan earthquake 2011 update: TEPCO Fukushima nuclear plant No. 1 explosion, 4 people reported hurt

By on Mar 12, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

An explosion was heard at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima nuclear plant reactor No. 1 on Saturday, March 12, 2011, and four people were reported hurt.

According to Kyodo News in Japan, the explosion occurred at around 3:36 p.m. (local time), as huge white smoke was seen in the plant at Fukushima Prefecture, as cooling system at the Fukushima nuclear plant No. 2 failed.

Apparently, the explosion is one of the effects of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 2:46 pm, as a 10-feet tsunami washed away the northern coast of the country.

As of this writing, the cause of the blast is not yet known as thorough investigation is still going one, reports say, as the second nuclear reactor was allowed to release pressure.

Earlier reports revealed that radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant reactor No. 1 is likely to happen after the radiation level raises to significantly much higher than the usual level, according to Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of Japan.

In addition, Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered that the thousands of people living within a 10-kilometer radius of the No. 1 nuclear plant, and those residing within the 3-kilometer radius of the No. 2 plant to evacuate quickly.

Meanwhile, NHK reported that 451 people were confirmed dead and the numbers may reach to more than one thousand as about 750 others are still missing.

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