Recent reports claimed that the death toll mounted to 2,000 in Japan on Sunday, Mar 13. On Friday, the country experienced a massive earthquake following tsunami.
Poisoning reported;toll rises to 1,800
Earthquake, Tsunami and now radioactive explosion bruised Japan completely. Second nuclear explosion have been reported on Sunday, Mar 13. 18 people reportedly affected by the radiation leak and the total death toll is estimated to cross 1,800.
Japan's largest electric utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) informed that they had started releasing air from a reactor container vessel at the No 3 reactor of its Fukushima power plant. After tsunami, the reactor stopped working from Friday, Mar 11.
Japan ordered to evacuate almost 170,000 people from the area near the damaged nuclear power plant, informed the UN nuclear watchdog. People were ordered out of a 20-kilometre radius surrounding the Fukushima, sources reported.
Earlier reports showed that the explosion was not of the reactors, but occurred in the plant. The outer wall of the building holding the first reactor was blown off in the impact.
Authorities informed that if the cooling system remains inoperative for many hours, the water will eventually boil away, and the fuel will begin to melt.
However, Secretary of States, Hillary Clinton informed, "We just had our Air Force assets in Japan transport some really important coolant to one of the nuclear plants." Confirming Clinton's statement, President Barack Obama also earlier claimed, "So Air Force planes were able to deliver that. So we're really deeply involved in trying to do as much as we can on behalf of the Japanese and on behalf of US citizens."
The crisis at the aging plant confronted Japan with its worst nuclear accident and perhaps the biggest mishap at nuclear plant since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.