Japan nuclear crisis worsens and effects depend on wind

 Japan says second reactor may have ruptured with radioactive release.  Greenpeace International files a report detailing its view of the situation at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered a rare televised address, saying he was "deeply worried" about the deteriorating situation at the plant and a new aftershock has hit Japan, several journalists reported on Twitter from Tokyo.  Meanwhile, Lauri Myllyvirta, of Greenpeace,  gave the following overview of the reactor rupture and radiactive release at Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Greenpeace Japan nuclear crisis report:

  • Unit 3 releasing large amounts of smoke or steam. Damage to containment vessel and/or overheating of spent fuel pool are suspected.

  • Spent fuel pool of unit 4 is generating a major plume of steam and seems to be on fire. Danger of recriticality cannot be ruled out. The unit suffered fire already in the morning.

  • Unit 2 believed to release high levels of radiation due to damage to fuel rods and reactor containment.

  • Radiation levels at the site rising further, topping at 1000 mSv and forcing evacuation of most of the remaining workers for at least 1.5 hours, work resumed before noon.

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