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March 16 (Bloomberg) -- A fire and aftershocks struck the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant today, as officials battling to prevent a nuclear meltdown said fuel rods at two reactors may have been damaged.
Temperatures in the spent-fuel rod cooling pools of the shuttered No. 5 and No. 6 reactors were rising as of 7 a.m. today to about 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit), said Tsuyoshi Makigami, head of nuclear maintenance at Tepco. The building that houses the inactive No. 4 reactor at the nuclear plant has two holes in it and water in the spent fuel pool may be boiling, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said yesterday.
2.43pm South Korea plans to send an emergency shipment of cooling material to Japan to help control its quake-damaged nuclear reactors. Tokyo has asked for 52 tonnes of boron, a key material used for regulating nuclear chain reactions, as it is running short of the metalloid to cool the overheated Fukushima reactors, Seoul said. "We've sent boron samples. Now, we are scraping up all we got," a South Korean official said.
Originally posted by EnhancedInterrogator
Not entirely sure if this is update regularly, or was a on-time snap-shot, but I thought I'd share ...
Japan map of Japan Radiation Maximum by Prefecture
Can somebody take a gander and see if it's legit? If so, it's a great resource.