Friday, March 18, 2011

Earthquake Update for Saturday, March 19

Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant

From the Asahi Newspaper comes the following:

* There are 4,546 spent fuel rods at the Dai-ichi facility, which comprises 6 reactors. (Today is the first time I've seen this figure.)

* Steam is issuing from the damaged spent fuel containment pool at Unit 4, where high levels of heat have been detected.

* The system which pumps water into the containment pool at Unit 4 is not functioning.

* It is thought that rods at Unit 4 have been damaged because of overheating. 

Earthquake/ Tsunami

* The number of dead stands at 6,911.

* The number of confirmed missing is 17,000.

Relief Efforts 

*Relief supplies, including medicine and fuel, have begun reaching hard-hit areas but remain in very short supply this morning.

1 comment:

echo said...

Thank you so much for posting these updates. The situation in Japan is almost too tragic for words.