Reactor 1 Water Levels Rise Out Of Control – Evacuations Widen
Japan nuclear crisis: Fukushima shutdown for January
17 May 2011
Japan still believes it can end its nuclear crisis within months, while accepting damage from March’s quake and tsunami was worse than first thought.
The government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant recently revealed the No 1 reactor suffered a near complete meltdown within hours of the disaster.
But they still believe a “cold shutdown” is possible by January.
The crisis forced 80,000 people who lived within 20km of the plant to flee.
This week evacuations began from towns further away from the stricken plant in northern Japan, with the government saying a build-up of radiation could pose a danger to health, says the BBC’s Roland Buerk in Tokyo.