The new series of aftershocks occurred this morning in Japan. Maximum magnitude of which reached 6. The epicenter was at this time is very close to Tokyo — to 10-km depth.
According to witnesses, the streets swaying skyscrapers, apartments falling furniture, but no significant damage was fixed. Almost the same in power and aftershocks occurred near the island of Honshu at a depth of two kilometers.
The most alarming reports still come from a nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1". At night there was a fire. Over the reactor radioactive steam rises again. The photographs — almost unrecognizable body, which held power units.
Messages about the source radioactive vapor that appears above the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1", is still controversial. It is assumed that they could be on the third power pool, where they are cooled more than 500 spent nuclear fuel rods. Specialists have also not ruled out that the reason could be the release of a boiling pool of Unit 4, which is about 5:45 am local time, a new fire. Flames seen working, but to start putting out the fire was impossible — the radiation level near the fourth unit is still very high. An hour later, a fire as suddenly stopped. According to experts, a fire could occur in the outer housing of the containment of the reactor. Most likely, it was because of the failure to fully extinguish the fire caused the day before.
High levels of radiation at the plant also does not allow to adjust the cooling system, the failed March 11. In the administration of the station confirmed that the water level in the pool with the spent fuel rods dangerous down, and the water there is almost boiling. In this situation, there is a risk of fire and sintered rods, which in turn can lead to new hydrogen explosions and releases of radiation. In order to prevent the worst-case scenario, that is, uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction, the plant's management is considering using helicopters to fill pool with boric acid. She knocks the neutron flux generated in the nuclear division, thus preventing a chain reaction. Currently, however, such an operation is too risky. Concern is the situation in other NPP units "Fukushima-1".
As stated by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, Japan is doing everything necessary to resume normal cooling in the 5th and 6th reactors station. "Do not be allowed to come to pass is the same as what happened at Unit 4. Currently, there is still a risk of re-radioactive emissions. Under the circumstances, I want to once again appeal to the nation to respect the calm and strictly implement the recommendations of the authorities, "- said Yukio Edano.
Despite the very real prospect of improving the overall background radiation, extend evacuation zone within a radius of 20 kilometers around the power plant accident in Japan has not yet collected. Now the wind is blowing toward the ocean, making the dangerous rise of the level of radiation in the densely populated areas to the south of the station is not fixed.
Meanwhile, in the most affected by the earthquake and tsunami northeastern prefectures of the country continue search and rescue efforts. According to the latest official data, the disaster that struck Japan on March 11 killed more than 3,600 people. 7500 are still considered missing.