Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2011 6:22 AM
Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

_ SAFETY AGENCY ORDERS RADIATION DATA REVIEW. Japan's nuclear safety agency orders a review of the latest radiation measurements at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, saying they seem suspiciously high. Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the plant, has repeatedly made mistakes in analyzing radiation, which appears to be still streaming out of the plant.

_ TEPCO SEEKS MORE INTERNATIONAL AID. Plant operators have been unable to stabilize its dangerously overheating reactors since cooling systems were knocked out by the March 11 tsunami. TEPCO has acknowledged it was initially slow to ask for help, but experts from around the world are now flooding in. French nuclear giant Areva, which supplied fuel to the plant, is helping figure out how to dispose of contaminated water, and American nuclear experts are joining Japanese on a panel to address the disaster. Japan has also ordered two giant pumps, typically used for spraying concrete but also capable of spraying cooling water, from the U.S.

_ JOINT U.S.-JAPAN SEARCH FOR DEAD. Japan's defense ministry says the two militaries are creating joint teams to look for bodies from the air. So far 11,500 people have been confirmed dead from the quake and tsunami. Of those, more than 9,000 have been identified. Another 16,400 are missing, and many may never be found. Hundreds of thousands more people are living in evacuation centers. Most lost their homes, but others were forced to leave their houses near the nuclear plant because of radiation concerns.