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Another earthquake shakes Japan, Fukushima evacuated: a nuclear timeline

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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.
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