Japan fears nuclear power plant meltdown after earthquake

Is people are still thinking here in the Philippines that we were lucky not to be hit hard with the Tsunami it looks like Japan is now under threat of a nuclear plant meltdown.

Japanese nuclear authorities say they have concerns that nuclear fuel rods at their reactor in Fukushima prefecture could be melting due to the cooling system being damaged in yesterdays earthquake.

Masato Abe an official at the plant said there was shaking and a trail of white smoke at the plant on Saturday he said the cause was still under investigation and its unclear if it was an explosion.

Jiji a local news agency has reported that several workers have been injured and radioactivity has risen by 20 fold outside of the plant. Warnings via television are telling all people in the area to stay indoors turn off air-conditioning as well as not to drink tap water. They are advised to cover themselves with wet towels and wear face masks.

From information being fed back its believed no.1 reactor fuel rods were briefly exposed to air on Saturday after the cooling water levels dropped and water was being pumped into the reactor via a fire engine a Jiji press reported. Tokyo Electric Power have also stated the water levels are recovering.

It is possible that the reactor can be stabilised by bringing coolant into the reactor but currently we are looking at the chance of a major massive nuclear crisis.

A state of emergency has been declared across 5 reactors at 2 sites in Fukushima the location of Fukushima is 250km North East of Tokyo.

A nuclear expert Peter Hayes explained that steam containing low level radiation had been released to relieve pressure and that tens of thousands of residents had already been evacuated from the area. Although inside a control room the radiation has been detected at 1000 times the normal levels outside the facility it had been only 8 times the normal level spelling no immediate risk.

Part of the problem was caused by generators that were supposed to provide power for the cooling system in an emergency were not functioning during the quake.