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Another earthquake shakes Japan, Fukushima evacuated: a nuclear timeline

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Day 7 - Thursday, March 17

  • The US ambassador in Japan issues a statement to American citizens living within 50 miles of Fukushima to evacuate.
  • Workers begin to try to use a water cannon to blast water into the No. 4 building.
  • US authorizes voluntary departure from Japan of family members of diplomatic staff, and later US citizens.
  • Three out of the six reactors at Fukushima are relatively stable, say officials.
  • TEPCO said it has started work to connect outside power cables to the plant and that electricity could be connected soon.
  • Japan nuclear agency says pool for cooling spent nuclear fuel at No. 4 building remains "serious concern."
  • The national Meteorological Agency reports that the highest tsunami wave on March 11 was 15 meters high in Mekawa, Miyagi.

Week 2

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.
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