The Japan reactor is still in a very critical state. All efforts to save the reactor are being taken, but not much seems to be working so far. Too many explosions and fires seem to have erupted already, as the leaked radiation becomes too powerful to deal with up close. Therefore, helicopters have begun to drop water on the plant in hopes of finally cooling things down. But after the water drops of the last few days, the situation is no closer to being any safer.
As radiation continues to leak from Fukshima, and as the possibility for a meltdown increases, officials are running out of options. Their most recent efforts involved dropping water from helicopters and shooting it from special fire trucks.
However, the reactor appears to be no cooler, especially after water drop flights were suspended today. In addition, using trucks might not have made a difference, since the radiation makes it harder for anyone and anything to get too close.
The Fukushima nuclear fuel rods need to receive some kind of water so they don’t overheat and cause an even bigger problem. Yet so much damage has happened so far, for various reasons, that there may not be many safe means left to fill it back up.
There are disputes over how much water the reactor has, however. Nuclear Regulatory Committee Chairman Gregory Jaczko stated that much of it in unit 4 was gone in a hearing at the House Energy and Commerce Committee. However, the Tokyo Electric Power Company still insists that unit 4 remains stable.
Misinformation and disputed accounts are the worst thing possible right now. If things continue to get worse, there can’t be any room for information to get mixed up. Since Fukushima has been getting worse and worse, everyone involved may have to start preparing for the worst, unless something starts to work.
The last ditch effort to save the reactor may be a “suicide mission,” although a US official told ABC News that even this may not work. This is already a level six emergency, one shy of the record set at Chernobyl. Unless a truly creative solution emerges soon, it could possibly go to a level seven, and then the real panic would begin.
Officials and workers are still doing everything they can to keep the reactor intact. But if there’s not much they can do, then the main goal may soon have to be delaying the total disaster rather than preventing it.
ABC News- “Japan Nuclear Crisis: Helicopter Operation Suspended”
New York Post- “Japanese trucks pump water into damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor”