|Japan on Verge of 'Apocalypse,' Says EU Energy Commissioner|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Mar 16, 2011, 05:32 AM|
Last night, the European Union’s energy commissioner compared Japan’s ongoing nuclear emergency to an “apocalypse” as dangerous levels of radiation were detected around the crumbling power plant after a fourth explosion.
The Daily Telegraph of London reports that, “more than 140,000 people living up to 18 miles away from the power station were warned to stay indoors and lock windows as the Japanese government announced that radiation levels were high enough to damage human health.”
As government officials claimed to bring the problem under control, thay announced that they were pondering whether to use helicopters to spray water over the nuclear plant in an effort to prevent the spread of radioactive particles.
According to the Telegraph, “a third explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi Complex is believed to have damaged the protective casing of Mo 2 reactor. Increasing radiation levels sharply in the surrounding area. At one point, readings near the plant briefly topped 400 millisieverts an hour, a level high enough to cause radiation sickness and long-term damage to health if workers had not been wearing protective suits.”
The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, disclosed last night that there had actually been four explosions since Friday’s earthquake that knocked out power at the 40-year-old power station.
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