Japan Nuclear Plant Exploded, Injuries Reported

By on Mar 14, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Science, World Comments

Fukushima Nuclear Unit 3
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The much feared Fukushima Unit 3 nuclear power plant in Japan exploded March 14, 2011 at 11:01 am local time. According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the hydrogen explosion occurred in Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The blast is almost similar to the Saturday explosion although it happened in a different facility. The Unit 3 had been under constant emergency watch since Saturday.

Three workers were reportedly injured while seven are currently missing. The hydrogen blast created a cloud of smoke in the air. The cooling system was greatly affected by the quake which led to its overheating and explosion. According to international reports, the explosion can be felt at 50 kilometers away.

Meanwhile, Japan‘s Nuclear Safety Agency cannot yet confirm whether the recent explosion had led to a massive leak of radiation. But earlier, the authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 180,000 people found around the radius of the nuclear plant.

This is the second explosion that occurred after the nuclear power plant has been hit by the giant tsunami. Residents who are still recuperating from the damages brought about by the tsunami are now in constant fear of radiation leakage.

Due to the effects of nuclear plants in Japan, the rest of the world is now scrutinizing the use of atomic energy. Officials from China, India and US called for a review of the nuclear power plant. According to Peter Bradford, former member of US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “This is obviously a significant setback for the so called nuclear renaissance”.

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