TEPCO Press Conference Update from NHK – 10:30am JST, 03/18 – 9:30pm EST 03/17

Here’s what I got, plus some BBC links

Number 1 and 2 Reactors will have power when cable link is done. Had hoped to finish last night, but it hasn’t been yet, plan to finish by end of morning.

They are trying to introduce a cord from number 1 reactor and then pull that cord to number 2 and then connect a transformer. Working hard to finish this operation.

Weather: Wind is calming down and heading offshore, should warm up and have less precipitation in the coming days

Japanese Govt News release on the Situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant.  http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/files/en20110318-1.pdf

From JAIF (Japan Atomic Industrial Forum):
ESTIMATED Conditions of Reactors

Radiation levels in MICROseiverts (NOT MILIseiverts) comparison in Fukushima;
(17th-9PM)Fukushima12.70、Koriyama2.89、Shirakawa2.90、Aizuwakamatsu0.51、Minami Aizu0.09、Minami Soma2.93, Iwaki1.19
(18th-9AM)Fukushima11.70、Koriyama2.68、Shirakawa2.80、Aizuwakamatsu0.42、Minami Aizu0.09、Minami Soma2.72、Iwaki1.07

Levels going down, both readings are way WAY below threatening levels!


From BBC Live blog:
The restoration of electricity at Fukushima’s reactors 3 and 4 is expected on Sunday – Kyodo
Japanese officials are planning to restart water-spraying at Fukushima later on Friday, Kyodo reports.
The Tokyo fire department is sending dozens of special fire engines to the Fukushima plant, Japan’s news agencies say.

From Earlier today:
From CNN, YIKES. (Didn’t like the wording in the article, but twitter line is hopeful) Diesel generator sending power to Units 5, 6 at #quake damaged Japan nuclear plant http://on.cnn.com/hlKuSO

Twitter: Japan Rail Pass by Visit_Japan
Japan Rail status update, 18th March. Akita shinkansen is now running a reduced service in north Honshu http://goo.gl/ApcKd (Also heard shink from Yamagata is in operation)

The people saving everyone:
From the BBC: The Fukushima Fifty. They rock my world and I love them. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12779510


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