March 13, 2011
Following Japan’s nuclear plant emergency and earthquake aftermath, this page will continue to monitor the ongoing situation, and will include added content as we know more.
Nuclear Plant Designer Says Japanese Government Suppressing Scale Of Crisis
Sunday, March 13, 2011
A former nuclear power plant designer has said Japan is facing an extremely grave crisis and called on the government to release more information, which he said was being suppressed. Masashi Goto told a news conference in Tokyo that one of the reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant was “highly unstable”, and that if there was a meltdown the “consequences would be tremendous”. He said such an event might be very likely indeed. So far, the government has said a meltdown would not lead to a sizeable leak of radioactive materials.
“Worst Crisis Since WWII”
March 13, 2011
Forget the idea that the impact from the earthquake will resemble that of Kobe in 1995 (where economic damage totaled around $100 billion).
Japanese PM Naoto Kan just addressed the nation, and called this the country’s worst crisis since WWII.
Cabinet Chief Edano also spoke. Among his comments (via Time Out Tokyo):
* There wil be rolling blackouts around the country. Tokyo will be included.
* At reactor #3, there’s still not an adequate water reading, but it may be a problem with the gauge.
* Admittedly the food response has been inadequate, but it’s getting solved.