Flash News Updates
- A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 jolted central Japan on Tuesday night.
- The government has expanded its order for people near the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant to stay indoors from 20 to 30 kilometers. People within 20 kilometers have already been ordered to evacuate.
- Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed a fire at the No.4 reactor building of the stricken Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.
- Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says an explosion was heard early Tuesday morning at the No.2 reactor of the disaster-hit Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.
- Tokyo Electric Power Company says radiation levels reached 8,217 microsieverts per hour near the front gate of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power station at 8:31 AM Tuesday. Anyone in this kind of environment would be exposed to more than 3 years’ worth of naturally occurring radiation within a single hour.
- Prime Minister Naoto Kan has set up a joint task force with Tokyo Electric Power Company to better deal with overheating nuclear fuel rods at the power plant.
- The United States has revealed that Japan asked for their assistance in cooling reactors at the nuclear power plant that were damaged by Friday’s earthquake.
- Nearly 2,500 people have been confirmed dead so far from the powerful earthquake and devastating tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on Friday. More than 17,000 others are missing.
- Nearly 450,000 people are taking shelter at over 2,500 evacuation centers in northeastern Japan after the region was struck by the earthquake and tsunami.
- The Foreign Ministry says rescue teams from 13 countries and territories have arrived in Japan. Teams from the United States, Britain, South Korea and China have begun search operations in areas struck by the earthquake and tsunami.
- Britain is offering to send nuclear experts to help Japan deal with overheating fuel rods at the quake-hit Fukushima No.1 power plant.