Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sequence of photos showing the power of the Tsunami hitting Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture

New photographs show nine people including the mayor of the town clinging to a mast on a roof and railing as the Japanese tsunami destroys the building beneath them.
Photos taken by Shinichi Sato show the roof of the Minamisanriku Government Disaster Readiness Center in Minamisanriku, north-eastern Japan.
About 30 people fled to the roof of the three-story building and climbed higher as the tsunami rushed in.
Only nine people survived and about 20 were swept to their deaths.
With regards to the nuclear Fukushima Dai-ichi plant even good news leads to potential bad news...  They just stopped the contaminated water from leaking into the ocean, now the superheated fuel rods can pull explosive hydrogen from cooling water, so now that more water is going into the reactors to cool them down, the concern is that hydrogen levels are rising that could lead to an explosion..
So technicians were expected to start pumping nitrogen into the reactors early Thursday to counteract the hydrogen. They want to prevent hydrogen explosions. But nitrogen pumping has its risks too, since the injections release radioactive vapor into directly into the environment...

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