Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant CrisisThe Earthquake Hits
On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded hit Japan. It was recorded as a 9.0 on the Richter Scale. The earthquake affected the nation's largest power plant, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. On March 30, 2011, it was said that the leakage from the nuclear power plant was hazardous. It was recorded that the water was contaminated and there were traces of plutonium found in the soil. The next day, on March 31, the long-lasting radioactive element, cesium- 137, was recorded 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The evacuation zones had to be expanded. On April 6, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, from the United States said that some of the reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure vessel in the bottom of the containment structure. The United States ambassador sent out warning for those within 50 feet of the power plant to evacuate or stay indoors. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was disabled and they were preparing to inject nitrogen into a reactor vessel. Four of six reactors that were in the plant faced serious issues. They were facing many crises such as fires, explosions, and damages to the center of the reactors. There were serious melt downs and rising temperatures in the nuclear fuel. The officials were trying to douse the reactors with water. On April 11, one month after the earthquake an after shock hit Japan's coast, setting off a tsunami. It only stopped when it reached the power plant. There were explosions and leaks of radioactive gas took place in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Stations.

Japan's Nuclear Emergency
For more information about the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant's history follow this link: Fukushima Power Plant History

Health Problems from Japan's Nuclear Power Plants