7.30pm: Reports in of an ‘explosion’ at the Fukushima Power Station. Details still coming through but indications are that it was NOT in the reactor core and blew the covers off the external shell, possibly done on purpose to help relieve pressure. Residents nearby have been told to cover their mouths and shut doors and windows.
According to Twitter user @martyn_williams, a radiation release of 1015 μSv/h, the equivalent to annual dose for human, has been measured near Fukushima nuclear plant.
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4pm: Authorities have evacuated about 45,000 people from within 10km of the Fukushima Number 1 power plant as they release radioactive gases to prevent build-up. Authorities claim there is no health risk associated with this.
The SMH Reports:
“The government declared an atomic emergency amid growing international concern over its reactors after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the biggest in Japan’s history, unleashed tsunamis that swept all before them.
The two nuclear plants affected are the Fukushima No.1 and No.2 plants, both located about 250 kilometres northeast of greater Tokyo, an urban area of 30 million people.”
There are about 215,000 people in emergency shelters and up to 50,000 troops to deploy soon to help in the reconstruction effort. There are fears the death toll will top 1000.
11:30 A a boat swept away by the tsunami has been found and all 81 aboard have been airlifted to safety
11:00 am from ABC News
At least 402 people have been killed but Japan’s Jiji Press News agency said police and other data showed that the total number of quake dead and missing topped 1,000.
Grim updates indicating appalling loss of life keep emerging from along the hard-hit east coast of northern Honshu island, where the monster waves destroyed more than 3,000 homes.
The Japanese government has declared an atomic emergency because of the “possibility” of a radioactive leak from a nuclear reactor in the quake disaster zone.
8:30am Japanese police say that 184 people are dead, 707 are missing and 947 injured to date
7:30 am: The death toll in Japan could exceed 1000 people.
At least 350 people have been confirmed dead and over 500 are missing. Police in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, say separately that 200 to 300 bodies had been found on the shore.
About 1800 homes in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, have been destroyed, while in Sendai authorities say 1200 houses were toppled by the tsunami.
The small town of Ofunato further north reported 300 houses collapsed or swept away.
An atomic emergency has been declared and thousands of residents living near a nuclear plant in Fukushima have been told to evacuate, amid fears that a small amount of radiation could be released..
At least 35 boats have been crushed in a northern Californian harbour as a tsunami triggered by the earthquake in Japan began hitting the US west coast after rolling through Hawaii.