Japan News: Time Line March 16, 2011
Posted 3:50 a.m. EST (5:50 p.m. Japan time)
7:21 a.m. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reports that at 9 p.m. Tuesday the water level in reactor No. 5 dropped 2 meters. Currently reactor reactors No. 5 and No.6 workers are currently pumping water to maintain cooling status. The generator for reactor No. 6 is being utilized to control water levels in another effort to maintain water levels for both reactors No. 5 and No. 6.
8:40 a.m. ‘” The Japanese Ministry of Defense released a statement that “Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) includes: police, firefighters and coast guard has rescued some 24,500 people and still under way to rescue 23,00 more people assumed stranded.”
9:30 a.m. The Japanese Government has revised upward the permissible level of radiation exposure for workers at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The health and Labor ministry raised the limit by a factor of 2.5 to 250 millisieverts, in case of emergency. The ministry stated, “The international radiation limit is set at 500 millisieverts and set levels after consulting experts to 250 millisieverts this enables workers more time to control the reactors with time limits to decrease exposure as extensive prolonged exposure at this level white blood cells begin to decline.”
9:54 a.m. ‘” Tokyo Electric Power Company reports another fire has broken out at 5:45 a.m. in the building that houses reactor No. 4. Plans to put out the fire, the use of helicopters or fire-pump-truck, as radiation levels are very high. The decision conveying is ability to prevent another explosion and reduce the casualties or effective effort for those involved with little known about the fires capacity.
10:00 a.m. – The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in Tokyo, reports the computer system that forecasts the spread of radioactivity is down. The system, called SPEEDI, predicts how radioactivity substances will spread in a radiation leak based off measurements at various sites and utilizing weather prediction analysis.
12:00 p.m. ‘” Japanese Health Ministry, released statement that, “Estimates of 1.6 million are without water and supplies may have decreased due to lost communications from the earthquake. Over 300 water trucks have been dispatched to areas of large populated areas that are devastated.”
11:00 a.m. ‘” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano in emergency press conference told reporters that, “The fire at reactor No. 4 has gone out on it’s own radiation level rose again at 10:00 a.m. and began to decline at 10:54 a.m. White smoke that appeared at 8:00 a.m. has not confirmed if the cause of increased radioactivity readings coming from reactor No. 3.” He later revealed reading increased over Tuesday night to 1,000 microsieverts at one point then to a drastric decrease of 800 to 600 microsieverts.
11:18 a.m. ‘” Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa announced considerations to dispatch SDF helicopters to spray water on a fire at the No. 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. Until more information arises about the smoke rising from the reactor and radiation levels are confirmed.
12:52 p.m. ‘” Another earthquake hits the Chiba Prefecture with M6.0 quake advisories are released along with the update that the white smoke appearing from reactor No. 3 is believed to be water vapor and it is unclear if radiation vapor is also being admitted a radiation advisory for those within 20 ‘” 30 Km to remain indoors as readings of 6.4 millisieverts were reported at Fukushima Daiichi at 10:40 a.m. Workers were evacuated away from the reactor buildings due to the radiation levels.
1:07 p.m. ‘” South Korea shipping supplies in the next few days, state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Co. is shipping 52.6 tons of boric acid to Japan. Boric acid is a key ingredient aiding in helping stop nuclear fission in the reactors.
1:30 p.m. ‘” Japan’s Foreign Ministry has reported they have received about 500 inquires about foreign nationals missing since the quake.
2:30 p.m. ‘” The US-based General Electric Company will send 10 gas turbines generators three are being flown ahead from their facility in Florida. G.E. manufactured 2 of the plant’s 6 reactors.
3:29 p.m. The Aomori prefecture and Iwata prefecture reports of M5.6 advisory of low for rise in sea level.
Other related News:
The Bank of Japan injected for the third day money to calm financial markets supplying 3.5 trillion yen or 43 billion dollars. The Nikkei lifted near 12% as many bargain hunters took advantage of the lower price ranges. Companies seeing vast buy backs Sony, Toyota and Tokyo Marine Holdings with significant impact to Japan steel that even issue a small delivery. The clear declining stocks in wake of the nuclear crisis are Tohuku Electric Power and Tokyo Electric Power Company.
The overnight forecast for weather in the hardest hit areas of Northern prefectures is a drop in temperature below freezing. Some shelters without heating fuel have reported concerns about health problems due to cold and fatigue with basic supplies running out. Many shelters are reporting the lack basic hygiene products such as diapers and concerns for medicines especially for the elderly. Direct requests from survivors in shelters are for warmer clothing, blankets, diapers, baby formula, and even shoes. As most are only left with the clothing worn at the time of the tsunami. In some shelters without heat many are managing to keep warm even using cardboard and dry newspaper. New report that the confirmed death toll is now at 11,000 and concerns with finding more survivors as snow is expected to fall overnight. The winter temperatures are expected to hold till Friday. The rolling blackouts a major concern in maintaining heating needs in the north with below zero temperatures especially to hit the upper northern prefectures as far south as Sendai prefectures.
Sources: No direct quotes and translated from the following sources.
TV Asahi, TV Tokyo, 3 Kyodo, Jiji Press, Nagano Nippo, Osaka Nichinichi Shimbun, Kobe Shimbun
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