Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Update, March 17

The Sankei newspaper reports this afternoon that this morning's helicopter drop of seawater onto damaged Unit 3, whose fuel is a MOX mixture containing plutonium, dropped just 28 units, from 3782 micro sieverts, to 3754 micro sieverts, over a 40 minute period this morning.

It was reported yesterday that all personnel had been ordered to evacuate the crippled plant, but this was erroneous- between 50 and 100 plant engineers, self-defense personnel, and police remain on site.

The total confirmed dead or missing from last week's quake and tsunami stands at 14,000 today.

In addition, 18 hospital patients have died while being transported away from the Fukushima nuclear plant. 

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