Preparations are being made to flood Fukushima Dai-ichi Reactor No. 2 with seawater in an effort to cool its nuclear core. This same procedure has already been implemented in Reactors No.1 and No. 3. This procedure is considered a last-ditch effort because seawater corrodes the reactors, rendering them unusable in the future. The No. 2 reactor’s temperature became critical because all available water pumps were in use cooling the No.1 and No. 3 reactors.
Meanwhile, the government announced that 430,000 people have been evacuated from Miyagi prefecture’s coastline to shelters inland.
Government spokesman Yukio Edano announced that an initial budget for disaster aid has been set at 30.2 billion yen (approx. 353 million US dollars).