LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant unit 1 is creating concerns of a nuclear meltdown. Radiation levels have risen at the Fukushima Daiichi operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. confirms Kyodo agency. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said in a news statement today that its radiation levels around the Fukushima Daiichi Plant have risen beyond safety thresholds prompting news announcement of an “emergency situation”.
But Fukushima Daiichi is not presenting a threat to human health today, so claims TEPCO.
During Friday’s 8.9 earthquake, Fukushima Daiichi suffered damage to its cooling system. The plant is located roughly one hundred fifty miles north of Tokyo. During live news coverage on CNN Saturday, an explosion was depicted. Now as radiation levels are rising, officials claim that winds are blowing south and the situation is getting worse.
Plant officials claim that reactor suffered increasing pressure after its reactor’s emergency cooling system damaged in the earthquake.
Tokyo Electric would not confirm any injuries to date except one employee inside the reactor building, who at the time of the damage, suffered radiation exposure.
But on Sunday, Japan officials began evacuation of two hundred thousand residents in a roughly thirteen mile radius around Fukushima Daiichi. Government officials confirm that potassium iodide pills have been distributed as fears grow that iodine and cesium are now in the air.
But how many residents are injured?
Federal officials just don’t know but put current estimates around 160 people. Moreover, while officials confirm Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 has been damaged, they admit that the condition of the nine remaining reactors remains in jeopardy as well.