Nuclear engineers evacuated
THE elite team of engineers who make up Japan’s last line of defence against a nuclear catastrophe was yesterday evacuated from the shattered Fukushima plant because of a dangerous surge in radiation.
Their last-ditch work to cool the reactors with seawater was temporarily suspended as fresh white smoke belched from the crippled complex’s No. 3 reactor and another fire broke out in the No. 4 reactor.
The workers were ordered to leave after the level of radiation at the plant soared to 10 millisieverts per hour – above the level considered harmful to human health – possibly as a result of radioactive substances being emitted from the No. 2 reactor.
The skeleton crew of just 50 was allowed back in late yesterday after radiation levels dropped.
As the containment work began again, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean just off Japan’s Chiba prefecture yesterday.