Crisis In Japan Continues

By WISE Web News
By Maureen Mespell

March 16, 2011 Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM EDT

JAPAN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- The death toll has climbed to 4,340 people with another 9,083 people still missing. Surging radiation levels temporarily halted work, to cool the troubled reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

ABC’s TJ Winick has the latest.

A team of 180 emergency workers have returned to the Fukushima power plant, trying to prevent a full-scale nuclear melt-down. Another race against time is to complete a new power line to the plant enabling a steady water supply to keep the reactors cool.

Greg Jaczko, NRC Chairman says, “We believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool and we believe radiation levels are extremely high.”

As the nuclear crisis plays out, the search continues along coastal Japan for survivors of last week's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and monster Tsunami.

A British search and rescue team is looking for survivors in the northern city of Ofunato flattened by a blast of black seawater.

Steve Davies, Rescuer, British Search And Rescue says, “Our chances are very, very small but we'll really do our best to see if we can get somebody in there.” Volunteer firefighter Kenichi Suzuki has been working day and night. He returned home for the first time since the disaster.

There may now be damage to all three containment vessels at the Fukushima Plant...and the uranium may be melting down. The U.S. has ordered all Americans in Japan living within 50 miles of the facility to evacuate. That's four times larger then the area Japanese officials have deemed safe.

Jay Carney says, “It is not about the quality of information; it is about the standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission here in the United States and the kind of advice it would be giving should this incident happen in the United States.”

The last resort to manage the nuclear crisis would be to bury the reactors in 5,000 tons of concrete, like was done at the Chernobyl meltdown.

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