Another earthquake shakes Japan, Fukushima evacuated: a nuclear timeline
A month after the March 11, a 9.0 earthquake triggered a 30-foot tsunami that damaged several nuclear reactors in northeastern Japan, causing the country's worst crisis since World War II, a 7.4 temblor shook the country again.
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Day 8 - Friday, March 18
- Japan's nuclear agency upgrades the incident level at Fukushima up from level 4 previously on a 1-7 scale, joining France's Nuclear Safety Authority's assessment, citing reactors No. 2 and No. 3 reactor as the most problematic.
- At 2:46 local time, exactly one week after the earthquake struck, people across the nation observed a minute's silence.
- The IAEA reports that it has NOT received any notification from the Japanese authorities of citizens sickened by radiation contamination.
Day 9 - Saturday, March 19
- Electricity is restored at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.
- Engineers are still working to restore power supplies to the plant's cooling systems.
- There is water in the storage pool of unit 4.
- Power has been recovered for units No. 5 and No. 6 and so has the cooling capability.
- There are no major changes in other reactors (units 1-3).
- Food contamination in spinach from Ibaraki prefecture, and milk from Fukushima prefecture was reported. Authorities say there is no immediate risk.
- Shortages of fuel and vehicles, along with damaged infrastructure are hampering relief operations.
- Some 2.3 million are without water in 12 prefectures.
Day 10 - Sunday, March 20
- Engineers are still working to restore power supplies to the Fukushima's cooling systems.
- The Government has requested that the housing industry construct 30,000 homes for the displaced
- Pressure at reactor 3, reported to rise and was subsequently reported to stabilize.
Day 11 - Monday, March 21
- Electricity has been restored to three reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
- the cooling systems at the plant are not yet operating.
- Some workers at the facility were temporarily evacuated after gray smoke was seen rising from reactor No 3.
- White smoke was seen later rising from reactor No. 2.
Day 12 - Tuesday, March 22
- Japan officials test nuclear radiation levels of sea water near Fukushima, no immediate health risk, they say.
- Engineers at Fukushima have reconnected all six reactors to the electrical grid.
- Power is restored to the control room of reactor No. 3
- Early reports indicated that reactor No. 1 was receiving power.
- Government of Japan bans the sale of some vegetables from prefectures close to Fukushima