Concerns about radiation in Japan after partial nuclear meltdown
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
According to latest news you have a partial nuclear meltdown but the government of Japan is optimistic that this will not cause a major threat. Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary, stated that radiation at a nuclear plant in Fukushima did go above the legal limit but that this only happened briefly.
Yukio Edano continued by reassuring people by informing them that the radiation rate declined significantly within a short period of time. However, the fact that you had a partial nuclear meltdown will worry many people and the Japanese media is much more moderate rather than some famous international news agencies which appear to be making the issue much more dramatic.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, rightly stated that now the main focus is on search and rescue. At the same time Naoto Kan fully understands that the nuclear factor is serious and a multiple operation is underway with regards to earthquake damage, devastation created because of the tsunami and reports of a partial nuclear meltdown.
Around 170,000 people have been ordered to leave an area around the nuclear plant where three reactors lost control over their cooling functions in Fukushima. The zone applies to an area of 20 kilometers near the most damaged nuclear plant and the evacuation is in full swing.
Tokyo is very far away from the plant and this applies to 270 kilometers therefore major areas of commerce like Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, will try to get things back to normal outside of the major damaged areas. Therefore, the stock market will be open for business like usual on Monday and clearly the government wants the economy to run smoothly because the costs will be astronomical where the earthquake and tsunami struck.
Miyagi, Fukushima, Iwate, and coastal areas of Japan which have been damaged will need great support from the central government. This, alongside the search and rescue mission and getting nuclear plants under control, will take a great effort but Japan is highly developed and prepared for many aspects of the worse case scenario.
Afershocks have continued and apparently one rose to the magnitude of 6.2 on Sunday and some buildings began to sway in Tokyo. Also, more alarming, it appears that the death total will be much higher than 1,300 people and some police officials fear it could rise to well above 5,000 people.
In an article published by Reuters called Quake-hit Japan nuclear plant faces fresh threat which was co-written by Chris Meyers and Kim Kyung-hoon, it was stated that “The government insisted radiation levels were low following Saturday’s explosion, saying the blast had not affected the reactor core container, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had been told by Japan that levels “have been observed to lessen in recent hours.”
“But Japan’s nuclear safety agency said the number of people exposed to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi plant could reach 160. Workers in protective clothing were scanning people arriving at evacuation centers for radioactive exposure.”
Fresh news is ongoing and again you have many conflicting reports but the government of Japan is remaining highly optimistic about the nuclear plant issue.
Precautions are being taken with regards to the nuclear plants which have been damaged and are causing concerns and the same applies to evacuating people from the threat of radiation.