The operator of Fukushima-1 has started transferring highly radioactive water from the nuclear power plant’s basement to a waste processing facility to prevent ocean contamination and implement the “cold shutdown” plan.
The operator of Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant aims to restore the cooling systems of the reactors at the troubled facility within three months and achieve “cold shutdown” of the plant in six to nine months.
TEPCO will pay up to $12,000 to each of over 50,000 families residing in the 30km evacuation zone around the disaster-stricken nuclear plant.The company has also decided to dispense a radiation absorbing mineral along the coastline near the facility.
Japan has upgraded the severity rating at the paralyzed Fukushima nuclear plant to seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), a level only ever previously assigned to the Chernobyl disaster.
While the Japanese government is extending the 20 kilometer evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant over risks of long-term radiation, video journalist Tetsuo Jimbo braved the area and went within 1.5 kilometers of the facility.
Japanese and US troops have launched a search for the bodies of those killed by the severe earthquake and tsunami which hit the country on March 11. This comes as the Fukushima plant workers prepare to pump radioactive water from their premises.