The operation intended to check whether the pump of Fukushima’s Reactor 3 can supply fresh water to the reactor from its tank instead of spraying seawater has been interrupted by another black smoke spew.
The big challenge for the nuclear industry is getting the message across to the public that nuclear power is safe, says Professor Laurence Williams, who headed the NII – Britain’s watchdog for nuclear installations – for almost three decades.
Workers have been evacuated from one of the reactors at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant after it emitted gray smoke, prompting fresh concern over a potential radiation leak. Shortly after, white smoke was seen over another reactor.
As Japan works overtime to avert a nuclear meltdown, another crisis could be in the making. There are second thoughts, mainly borne of paranoia, that radioactive particles may reach far beyond Japan's border.
The effect of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster far outweighs the projected outcome of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan and the two should not be compared, says Evgeny Akimov, a nuclear engineer from the Chernobyl rescue operation.
Japan is making some progress in its efforts to restore power to the quake and tsunami-damaged Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. Police warn the disaster death toll may reach 15,000 in a single prefecture.
In light of the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, the privatization of nuclear energy in the country has come under fire. Some question whether the accident could have been averted if the plant had been run by the state.