Originally posted by Rockdisjoint
Wow, I hope Japan is still able to make anime while this stuff is going on.
Tokyo Electric said an equipment failure has made it impossible to cool two reactors at the Fukushima Number One plant. The firm says it does not have enough electric power to cool the reactors, which automatically stopped operating when the quake struck.
"There is a falling trend (in water levels) but we have not confirmed an exposure of nuclear fuel rods," a TEPCO spokesman said.
Kyodo news agency quoted the company as saying that the radiation level was rising in the turbine building and the pressure had risen to 1.5 times the designed capacity.
After the March 11, 2011 earthquake, NHK Broadcasting reported that all six reactors shut down automatically, but that electrical problems prevented all cooling pumps for reactor #1 from functioning. Because cooling pumps are needed to reduce residual reactor heat, a nuclear emergency was declared. Under Japanese law, a nuclear emergency must be declared if there is a release of radiation, if there is a dangerous level of water in the reactor, or if the cooling mechanisms fail. However, there is no evidence of any radiation being released. It was the first time a nuclear emergency had been declared in Japan. The emergency cooling systems also were activated for reactor #2. About 5800 residents living near the power plant were ordered to evacuate. Batteries, which last about eight hours, are being used to power the reactor cooling during the electrical outage, and the government can use military helicopters to fly in replacement batteries.
A state of emergancy has been declared because the cooling system has failed. 2KM around the plant has been evacuated. The pressure in Reactor 1 is increasing and the possiblility of a radiation leak also. Nuclear experts say that as of 17h GMT if the situation is not resolved in the next few hours it will become serious. The United States Air Force delivered coolant to the plant sites to assist in preventing dangerous pressure levels. The water level inside the reactor has dropped; however, the rods were not exposed.
WIKI @ 1870 gmt