Japan Nuclear Meltdown Fears at Fukushima Reactor After Quake
There Are Serious Concerns About a Nuclear Reactor in Fukushima, Japan Following That Country's March 11, 2011 Earthquake
A nuclear emergency has been declared in Japan as officials deal with concerns about a nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan after a huge earthquake hit the Asian country. There are concerns that the nuclear reactor in Japan may start leaking radiation.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday that the Japan earthquake and tsunami knocked out the Fukushima reactor's power source, which helps cool radioactive material inside. The tsunami then knocked out backup diesel generators. The plant used a battery-operated cooling system hours after the deadly earthquake.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company has said they might release radioactive vapor to help reduce pressure at the Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
Japan’s trade minister Banri Kaieda said that “a small radiation leak” could occur at the Japanese nuclear power plant.
The New York Times reported that "A Japanese nuclear safety panel said radiation levels were 1,000 times above normal."
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stated that the US delivered coolant to the Fukushima nuclear reactor. It was later learned that no delivery was made since it was determined that Japan did not feel they needed the assistance.
Residents within a six-mile radius of the Fukushima nuclear reactor have been asked to vacate the area.