Helicopters Drop Water on Nuclear Reactor

Sorry for this late update I just had some trouble getting online ever since the earthquake in Japan, but here are some recent news from jprobe. Let us pray for Japan and give them our support.


Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have begun aerial water drops on reactor 3 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant:

Japanese military helicopters were seen dropping water Thursday morning to cool the damaged No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. The helicopters, belonging to the Self-Defense Forces, were conducting the operations as it was feared the reactor may have released radioactive steam due to damage to its containment vessel, according to a Kyodo news report. Each helicopter can drop about 7.5 tons of water, according to a report on NHK World news channel.

You can watch this happening live on NHK World or the NHK Japanese live feeds.

It has been reported that water cannon trucks are also on their way to the area. However, each truck can apparently only shoot 4 tons of water at a time.

NHK says that parts of the Chinook helicopters have been reinforced with lead plates and that the pilots are wearing protective gear. However, they are no doubt exposing themselves to quite a bit of radiation. If they expect to continue this operation for some time, will have to be a lot of swapping of helicopters and crews.



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