Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Nuclear Power Plant Emergency, Tsunami Arrival Times for US West Coast now in, Pacific islands UNDERWATER

Ocean energy distribution forecast map from the U.S. NOAA

Updates from MSNBC:

7:32 a.m. ET:  The death toll from the earthquake rises to 59, according to Kyodo.

7:22 a.m. ET:  Kyodo is reporting that 2,000 residents near Fukushima nuclear power plant have been urged to evacuate. This is the plant that that developed a mechanical failure in the reactor cooling system after it was shut down in the earthquake.
Emergency Declared at Japan Nuke Plants (MSNBC)
Japan's top government spokesman and local administrators say emergencies have been issued at two nuclear power plants over cooling-system fears in the wake of Friday's giant earthquake.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the nuclear power plant in Fukushima developed a mechanical failure in the system needed to cool the reactor after it was shut down after the earthquake. He said there was no radiation leak.

Edano said the measure was a precaution and there was no radiation leak at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. He said the facility was not in immediate danger.

Meanwhile, an administrator at the Tohoku Electric Power Co's Onagawa facility said the process for the cooling reactor is "not going as planned," adding that "nuclear emergency situation" has been declared. The company asked people nearby to stay calm, the official TV news channel NHK reported.

A fire broke out at the plant following the quake, the Kyodo news agency said. Prior to the Kyodo report, the company had said it had not received information on whether there had been any problems at the plant after the disaster.

7:16 a.m. ET:  A huge number of people are stranded in Tokyo after all railway services in the capital's metropolitan area are suspended, Kyodo News reports.  The East Japan Railway Co. suspended its services for all railways in the metropolitan area as well as bullet train services on the Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano, Yamagata and Akita Shinkansen Lines.

7:13 a.m. ET:  The American military is preparing for rescue operations and is ready to help if the Japanese government asks for assistance, according to NHT. Russia has also said it is ready to send aid. 

6:31 a.m. ET:  This just in from Reuters: A ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami that smashed into northeastern Japan, Kyodo news agency reports.

6:31 a.m. ET:  Officials fear tsunami may have washed over entire islands in the Pacific, CNN reports.
6:15 a.m. ET:  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Tsunami Warning Center issues a list of estimated tsunami arrival times for locations along the North American Pacific coast

From Wikipedia: An oil refinery was set on fire by the quake at Ichihara Chiba Prefecture to the east of Tokyo.

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