Japan Nuclear Plant: Suspended Operations Over Possible Meltdown
Workers Have Abandoned Japan's Nuclear Plant After a Surge in Radiation on Wednesday March 16
The workers were dousing the reactors with water, but after the level of radiation at the plant surged to 1,000 millisieverts, the radiation risk is now too high and the workers cannot continute their work.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said:
"Radiation readings rising fast," said Edano. "All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate and they have."
Over 50 percent of the fuel rods have been damaged at one of the six reactors, and another report stated that 33 percent of the fuel rods were damaged at another reactor.
People around the plant have been ordered to stay in homes, as crews use helicopters to keep on dousing the reactors with water.
"We don't know the nature of the damage," said Minoru Ohgoda, spokesman for the country's Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency. "It could be either melting, or there might be some holes in them."