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    » 03/24/2011, 00.00

    JAPAN

    Death toll climbs amid progress at Fukushima



    Toll now stands at 26 thousand between dead or missing. The water in Tokyo returns to normal levels of radioactivity. Electricity restored to reactors 1 and 3. Three workers hospitalized for radioactive contamination. Highway to the north and the high-speed train service reopened. Many survivors not yet reached by rescue teams.

    Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The number of dead and missing in Japan has climbed to 26 thousand, according to latest police figures. But there are fears that the real consequences of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March, which hit the north coast of Honshu are even more devastating.

    The confirmed deaths are now 9700, while 16,501 remain missing, for a total of 26,201.

    The country is also facing a nuclear crisis with a radioactive leak from the Fukushima power plant, hit by the tsunami.

    Today the government today reassured the people of Tokyo saying that radioactive levels in tap water has returned to normal. Yesterday the residents of the capital had been warned not give tap water to infants because of the concentration of radioactive iodine, which harmful to children. Two days ago, the iodine concentration was 131 to 210 becquerels per kilo, but that has now dropped to 79. Normal levels- not harmful to health - is 300 for adults and 100 children.

    The most disturbing data is that the presence of iodine in sea water near Fukushima, has increased by up to 147 times the levels prescribed by law.

    Today the central Fukushima technicians managed to restore electricity to the control room of reactor No. 1. Just hours before power was also reconnected to the control room of reactor No. 3.

    The technicians are confident that this can kick-start the reactor cooling system, removing the danger of a nuclear fusion due to overheating of the bars. The Ministry of Health’s advice not to eat vegetables grown in the area of ​​Fukushima still stands, although their level of radioactivity is not dangerous.

    Currently the highest level of radiation recorded at the nuclear plant is 500 millisieverts per hour. This means that technicians who work there may be exposed for a maximum of half an hour without risks of health problems. Three workers were hospitalized, however, owing to contamination by radiation. Their conditions are stable.

    Today for the first time since the earthquake the highway linking Tokyo to the disaster area was re-opened. Even the high-speed trains have resumed running in part. This will allow relief and emergency teams to get to the disaster area more easily. Still today, 13 days after the earthquake and tsunami, there are areas that yet  to be reached by rescue teams. Many survivors are without food, water or medicine.
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    26/03/2011 JAPAN
    Sea near Fukushima contaminated. Radiation 1,250 times over safety limit
    Radioactive iodine leaked from the plant could also damage ground water beneath the reactors. The Japanese Agency for nuclear safety reduces alert level and hopes for a quick re-absorption of radiation by tides. According to Prime Minister Khan, the situation remains unpredictable.

    21/03/2011 JAPAN
    Fukushima: signs of progress, but alarm over contaminated water, food and milk
    The technicians at the damaged power station were able to restore electricity in three of the reactors, and are trying to restore the water pumping system. No need to further expand the evacuation area (20 km) around Fukshima, but the emergency is not yet over.

    30/06/2011 JAPAN
    Earthquake in Japan, 7 injured. The country thinks about energy policies
    The epicenter is in the central prefecture of Nagano. After Fukushima the country anxiously wonders how to rebuild the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami, doing without nuclear energy. From tomorrow the supply to industry will decline by 15%. For individuals it means a change in the lifestyle. The government distributes "condolence money" to those who have lost a relative. But not all accept it.

    11/04/2011 JAPAN
    New quake hits Fukushima as Church sends volunteers to tsunami-stricken areas
    The 7.1 magnitude quake hits about 164 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, but does not cause any major damages. A minute of silence is held across the country for the 13,000 people who died in last month’s catastrophe. Sendai diocese opens new aid centres and sends priests and volunteers to the hardest-hit areas.

    28/03/2011 JAPAN
    Fukushima still out of control: months or years to return to normal
    Radioactive levels in the sea close to the reactors 5 and 6 grows, while there are problems to reactivate the normal cooling system. A British expert says: "The complexity of the situation is certainly equal to that of Chernobyl."



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