TOKYO (majirox news) – Good News: Lights are on and working in the control room of reactor No. 3, which means soon they will be able to monitor the situation of the reactor. The lights were turned on at 10:43 p.m.
-Electricity has been restored to all reactors (one through six) at the Dai-ichi Fukushima power plant. However, officials need to check the equipment before they start the cooling systems.
-They have resumed spraying reactor No. 3.
-Radiation levels at much higher levels than normal was found in the Pacific Ocean near the plant. It may have been related to rain in the area and the hosing of the reactors with seawater.
-The official death toll has now exceeded 9,000, according to Kyodo news agency.
-Toyota Motor Corp. is considering halting domestic production of completed vehicles within the week due to the difficulty of procuring parts in the wake of the March 11 earthquake, according to the Nikkei. Honda has yet to set a production schedule beyond March 28, though it has resumed domestic production of parts for overseas use.
Monitoring of Radiation Levels Extended into Ocean
Monitoring of radiation levels will be extended into the ocean for environmental purposes, including the affects on fisheries, Yukio Edano, top government spokesman, said at press conference today.
In addition, he said they were still investigating the cause of smoke from reactor No.3. White Smoke was seen billowing out of the reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant yesterday around 4 p.m. and stopped at 6 p.m. It caused a temporary evacuation of workers.
Tsutomo Hayashi, a former employee of Hitachi Industries Nuclear Division, said he believed the smoke was caused by a small hydrogen explosion. “A fire might have started when the equipment such as an electric wire or hose caught on fire,” he said.