Power Outage Hits Fukushima Nuclear Plant Again
Google Crisis Response Team; Google, GeoEye,
UPDATE: March 11, 2012
-- This collection of satellite images was originally produced on March 14, 2011, days after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan. The known death toll came to 15,848 with 3,305 missing. The tsunami also inundated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant causing a series of failures that led to the world's largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The above photos show Yuriage in Natori (top); and Yagawahama (bottom) -- both are in Miyagi prefecture.
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Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant
Image from March 12, 2011 (before outer shell collapse).
Industrial Site Just South of Fukushima I Power Plant
Image from March 12, 2011.
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Fukushima II Power Plant
Image taken in 2004. Fukushima II Power Plant is located about 7 miles south of the Fukushima I Power Plant.
For two hours on Friday, for the second time in a month, the power for the cooling system at the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan failed in reactor No. 3. Last time a dead rat was found in the wiring. This time the act of putting up nets, to keep the rats and other animals out, was given as the cause.
During the power outage, the temperature inside the storage pool attached to reactor 3 was at about 15.1 degrees Celsius (59.18 Fahrenheit), indicating that the spent fuel cooling in the pool remained stable and was not posing immediate danger to the environment, reported the AFP.