– Japan’s radiation leak: Shades of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? (Christian Science Monitor)
– Japan nuclear agency reports emergency at another reactor (Los Angeles Times)
– Exodus near Japan nuclear plant (BBC News)
– Sea water applied to quell damage at Japan nuclear reactor (Monsters and Critics)
– Japan earthquake: Officials say nuclear catastrophe averted (Christian Science Monitor)
Nuclear power plants in Japan have a “fundamental vulnerability” to major earthquakes, Katsuhiko said in 2007. The government, the power industry and the academic community had seriously underestimated the potential risks posed by major quakes.Katsuhiko, who is professor of urban safety at Kobe University, has highlighted three incidents at reactors between 2005 and 2007. Atomic plants at Onagawa, Shika and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa were all struck by earthquakes that triggered tremors stronger than those to which the reactor had been designed to survive.
Physicists feared second explosion would create radioactive cloud as residents panicked, jamming city’s exit roads.
(Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power said it had lost its ability to control pressure in some of the reactors of a second nuclear power plant at its quake-hit Fukushima facility in northeastern Japan.
Pressure is stable inside the reactors but rising in the containment vessels, a spokesman said, although he did not know if there would be a need to release pressure at the plant at this point, which would involve a release of radiation. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Edmund Klamann)