Fire at Reactor Adds to Challenges as Japan Weighs New Plans to Cool Fuel

At least 750 workers were evacuated on Tuesday morning after a separate explosion ruptured the inner containment building at Reactor No. 2 at the Daiichi plant, which was crippled by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. The explosion released a surge of radiation 800 times more intense than the recommended hourly exposure limit in Japan.

But 50 workers stayed behind, a crew no larger than would be stationed at the plant on a quiet spring day. Taking shelter when possible in the reactor’s control room, which is heavily shielded from radiation, they struggled through the morning and afternoon to keep hundreds of gallons of seawater a minute flowing through temporary fire pumps into the three stricken reactors, Nos. 1, 2 and 3, where overheated fuel rods continued to boil away the water at a brisk pace.

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2 comments on “Fire at Reactor Adds to Challenges as Japan Weighs New Plans to Cool Fuel

  1. Jill Woodliff says:

    You are Creator of heaven and earth, Sovereign over time and matter. Your prophet Elisha multiplied the widow’s oil and made the iron axhead float. Your Son Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish and walked upon the water. We humbly beseech You to exercise Your sovereignty over the subatomic particles in the nuclear power plants in Japan and abort any meltdown. You reign over the infinitely small! You reign over matter! You reign over space! You reign! You reign! You reign! Amen.[/blockquote]

  2. Confessor says:

    Dear Lord of Heaven and Earth,
    Please deliver Japan from nuclear disaster. Send forth Your word and save them from distress and destruction, emotional, physical, natural and spiritual. Please – Reveal the Risen, Living Son of God to the land of the rising sun. Have mercy and turn Your face to this hurting people. Have mercy upon the workers in the nuclear plant and help them to contain the radioactive fuel and avert harm of many people. Intervene in power. May You alone receive the glory and honor for this. Thank you! In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen