Nearly 40 aftershocks — such statistics Japanese seismologists in just one day. The strongest of them magnitude 6.9. The UN predicts a 70% probability of new earthquakes. Morning, two explosions at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. According to recent reports, the reactors are intact. Now the situation in the country is close to critical. IAEA thinks of an extraordinary meeting. Millions of people as a result of Friday's powerful earthquake left without shelter, electricity and drinking water. Shortages at gas stations with fuel. Local authorities called for help from the private sector. Decided to unlock 8 million barrels of oil from the reserves of various companies. This amount would be enough to provide the country with energy for a few days.
A nuclear power plant "Fukushima" is the third reactor had to be transferred to the emergency operation mode, reason — the failure of the cooling unit. It happened during the day and in the morning on another reactor there was a new hydrogen explosion, he was provoked another underground hit the east coast of Japan.
Residual ripple in Fukushima continues third day in a row, and with them increases the scale of the disaster. NPP administration assures that the background radiation in the area until the power is normal. Although there are victims, their injuries are not related to the release of radioactive particles.
"We believe that the explosion in the third reactor was the same type as those in the first. Based on this, we can confirm that the reactor container intact. Experts also believe that the potential for release of radioactive particles is extremely low. We ordered the evacuation of all people, living in a radius of 20 kilometers from the station and warned them that while they are there, you can not go out, "- said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.
Manages to keep the situation under control as long as the reactor is intact. All three units cooled in an emergency sea water, but to ensure safety at a time when the earthquake followed one after the other, no one can. Level of cooling down.
Because of the stop of nuclear power plants in the country the situation is brewing energy crisis. The government has already stated that the power saving mode and gas will have to enter a national scale, including in Tokyo.
The problem lies in the fact that until now paralyzed traffic. Blocked by the network of highways and railways, and this means that the vast territory violated formerly worked as a clock system delivery. Fukushima city is only 150 kilometers from Tokyo, but the road to it takes more than a day.
The authorities still do not appreciate the true scale of the disaster. Official data of the dead continue to rise — more than three thousand people, but the fate of another 10 000 remains unknown.
People share their experiences:
— I thought that I had to get out at any cost. I ducked under the balcony, there was a window, and through it, I got outside and was able to swim out.
— I escaped, but my daughter was washed with water. I'm still hoping that she's alive. But I did not know where to look. I can not even find the city that turned into a pile of rubble.
Devastated band width of 3 to 5 km stretches along the Pacific coast of the three prefectures. This is similar to the effects of carpet bombing of Japanese cities during the war. Rescue work is also reminiscent of a large-scale military operation. The catastrophe has already sent more than 100,000 troops, but the force is not enough.