The above video shows the moment the reactor containment building blew up. Now that most of us are up and following events through the regular news channels, we’ll unstick this from the top and put it back into the chronological order.
Reuters Live Feed: Japan Earthquake
NHK World English News from Japan
BBC Live Feed – (Frequent Updates)
10:01 GMT (06:01am Bridgetown) (Reuters) – Radiation leaked from an unstable Japanese nuclear reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, the government said, after an explosion blew the roof off the facility in the wake of a massive earthquake.
09:52 GMT (05:52am Bridgetown) Second nuclear reactor in grave danger. Five nuclear reactors “declared emergency”.
08:28 GMT (04:28am Bridgetown) Japan’s NHK TV showing before and after pictures of the Fukushima-Daiichi plant. It appears to show that the outer structure of one of four buildings at the plant is no longer there.
– Report of Explosion at Nuke Plant. Building “crumbled”
– US Govt warns Americans to evacuate country if possible.
Fuel rods exposed, melting at Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station
Saturday, March 12, 2011 07:55 hrs GMT, 3:55 am Bridgetown
– Experts: Test results indicate Nuclear core probably melting
– Building is containing most of the event, but there are doubts, reports of leaks.
“A nuclear reactor in the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station about 220 kilometers (140 miles) north of Tokyo may be starting to melt down after Japan’s biggest earthquake on record hit the area yesterday.
Fuel rods at the No. 1 reactor at the plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. may be melting after radioactive Cesium material left by atomic fission was detected near the site, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Yuji Kakizaki said by phone today.”
… Mar 12, 2011 1:39 AM ET Bloomberg Japan Reactor Fuel Rods May Have Begun to Melt, Atomic Safety Agency Says
Original story published March 12, 2011 2:54 hrs GMT…
Fukushima nuclear power plant cannot control core coolant
Tens of thousands being evacuated.
“lost ability to control pressure at some of the reactors at its Daini plant nearby”
“URGENT: Radiation 1,000 times higher than normal detected at nuke plant”
“The Kyodo news agency says the cooling system has failed at three reactors at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan and that the coolant water’s temperature has reached boiling level.”
The disastrous 9.1 earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 probably killed thousands, but the worst could be yet to come.
I’m following the story on Drudge Report where Matt is pulling together all the wire stories and the above reflects what I see online at a little after 10pm here in Bridgetown, Friday, March 11, 2011. (GMT -4) We won’t try to keep up with the news here at Barbados Free Press, so head over to Matt Drudge for the latest from everywhere.
May God help people in Japan.