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article imageLights restored at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan

By Leo Reyes     Mar 22, 2011 in Environment
Engineers at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant have successfully energized the reactors at the badly-damaged nuclear plant following a series of explosions that rocked the nuclear facility after it was hit by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake two weeks ago.
However, engineers can only use power on lightings and not on the electric motors and other equipment that drive water pumps to collect water from source which is needed to cool the reactors.
This bit of a good news could speed up efforts in cooling the spent fuel pools and reactors which are of great importance toward the stabilization of the plant.
The ongoing efforts by the nuclear plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is just to keep the plant secured and to make sure that it does not emit harmful radiation that will affect residents in the affected areas.
Nuclear experts and scientists have been discussing about the entombment of the entire nuclear power plant to keep it from spreading harmful nuclear wastes.
Engineers at the nuclear plant say restoration works at the plant particularly the rehabilitation of the water pumps which are essential in restoring cooling capability may take weeks or even months.
"On Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that radiation was continuing to be emitted from the plant but it was difficult to pinpoint its exact source," BBC News reports.
"Senior official James Lyons said the IAEA and Japanese officials could not confirm that the damaged reactors were 'totally intact' or if they were cracked and leaking radiation," the report added.
"We continue to see radiation coming from the site... and the question is where exactly is that coming from," Mr Lyons told a news conference
"Its power supply knocked out by the disasters, the Fukushima complex has leaked radiation that has found its way into vegetables, raw milk, the water supply and even seawater. Early Wednesday, the government added broccoli to the list of tainted vegetables, which also include spinach, canola, and chrysanthemum greens. Government officials and health experts say the doses are low and not a threat to human health unless the tainted products are consumed in abnormally excessive quantities.",aol newscom.reports
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Health officials were ordered by the Health Ministry to continue monitoring food and seawater after higher levels of radioactive iodine and cesium were found in the waters near the plant.
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