By approaching typhoon in Japan "Songdo" — is expected to reach the mainland in the morning on May 30 reported BBC. Japanese authorities have warned of possible landslides and floods, which could trigger element.
Meanwhile, the typhoon is moving in a northerly direction, and there were reports of possible torrential rains and gale force winds in Fukushima Prefecture, where the are in disrepair nuclear power plant. The representative of the station operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has reported that the plant is not ready for the coming storm, as the reactor building partially destroyed in the blasts. Thus, the company said that there is a threat of a hurricane bear radioactive substances continue along. "We did our best, but did not have time to finish covering the damaged reactor buildings," — quoted by the statement made by TEPCO. "We apologize for the lack of the necessary measures to protect the reactor from the strong wind and rain," — he added.
Today it became known that the cooling system of the reactor emergency fifth nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" ceased its operation. Earlier, Japanese media reported on the restoration of the cooling system of the first, second, third and fourth reactors of the enterprise. Failure of this system can lead to an explosion in the reactor, said the TEPCO.
Recall, March 11, 2011. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Tremors and the subsequent tsunami devastated the infrastructure of the north-east of the country and destroyed the cooling system at reactor "Fukushima-1", which led to the fire, a number of explosions and radiation leak at the plant. According to official reports, the victims of disaster are 15 thousand 57 people, the fate of 9 thousand 121 people remains unknown.
Fires and hurricanes from space look scary
Russian cosmonauts on the instructions of the Mission Control Center specialists regularly observe and photograph typhoons and fires on Earth from orbit that looks very scary.
This was told the flight engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin: "The worst thing was watching last year's fires. Even now, no, no, yes, somewhere polyhnet. Two days ago, took fire in the forests of North America. And in the American south in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic is still time to hurricanes. And we shot and "Daniel" and "Fiona" and "Igor" and "Earl." It's all the names of hurricanes. And we continue to monitor them. Photographing. Hopefully my pictures will help "- says Yurchikhin.
The astronaut also notes that on the ISS had not felt the heat from the sun. "At the station, an artificial atmosphere, and the temperature is maintained by a system of thermoregulation. Only when orbiting the sun shines all the time, that is to say, does not go beyond the horizon of the earth, the impression — as if warmer. This is rare and is called the orbit of the sun" — explains the ISS. "And the heat of the earth, we felt from the pictures. Everything is explained simply. Above a major city is a mirage, and in the pictures they look blurry. And as soon as the heat subsided, then the city as if it were more beautiful — more clear," — concluded astronaut.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1 to November 30. According to the forecasts of meteorologists, this year was to form up to 20 tropical storms, of which about half will develop into hurricanes, and some reached the fifth — the highest — hazardous. Since the beginning of the season formed for 11 tropical storms, of which six had been considerably strengthened and were classified as hurricanes.
A necessary condition for the emergence of a hurricane, according to scientists from the University of Colorado, is the temperature of the water is below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This year, the projected rise in sea temperature by 1 degree. Notes that the forecasts of the university are the most reliable. That they are based insurance companies and major media.
Note that the names of hurricanes are given when a gale is blowing at a speed of over 62 kilometers per hour. Meanwhile, the storm becomes a hurricane when wind speed exceeds 119 kilometers per hour. The third category is a hurricane, when the wind speed increases up to 178 kilometers per hour. This category is hurricane can cause destruction of the buildings.
The most destructive of the Atlantic season was 2005, when there were 28 storms received names, 15 of which were hurricanes, four of which hit the U.S. coast, including the "Katrina", which claimed the lives of over 1.3 thousand people in southern states.
U.S. astronauts at the time have come to the conclusion that man can endure a lot. Only need timely forecasts and appropriate protection from cruel misfortunes of nature at the most favorable for the life of living organisms planet in the solar system.