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Japan to Stop Pumping Radioactive Water into the Ocean

Fukushima Nuclear Power PlantJapan is ready to end pumping radioactive water into the ocean by Sunday, according to a report released by Reuters. This action is expected to help alleviate the concerns coming from Japan’s neighboring countries because of their fear of spreading radiation from the current nuclear crisis in Fukushima power plant.

However, there have been problems in restoring Fukushima’s cooling system that might cause more radioactive water to be pumped out into the ocean once the storage capacity of the power plant complex runs out.

Japan still struggles to restore its control over the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the immense earthquake and tsunami struck the country’s northeast region on March 11. The country is still facing a massive economic and humanitarian crisis.

An official from the nuclear safety agency said Japan’s nuclear crisis is the worst incident since Chernobyl.

Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency’s deputy director-general Hidehiko Nishiyama said they cannot perceive what the outlook of the power plant would be in the future. He said they would like to regain stable cooling and position a path toward regaining control over radiation as soon as possible.

Recently, Japan was criticized by South Korea and China because of how they are handling the crisis in the nuclear power plant.

On Sunday, Japanese casted their votes in the local elections. Many thought of it a way for Japanese to vent out their anger over how Prime Minister Naoto Kan handled the nuclear crisis. Opponents strengthened as they plan to force his resignation once the crisis in Japan ends.

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Additional Radiation Detectors to Be Set Up on U.S. Islands

The Obama administration is setting up more radiation monitors on the state of Hawaii, as well as on other islands covered by the United States, the environmental regulators informed on Tuesday.

The government is deploying radiation detectors on the islands even though it is not expecting harmful radiation levels coming from the quake-hit nuclear power plants in Japan to reach the soils of United States.

A notice was posted on the website of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, saying it has plans to collaborate with federal agencies to put additional radiation detectors on the western part of the United States and other U.S. territories.

An official from EPA said that there were already seven monitors being deployed to three U.S. islands. Three monitors were sent to Aleutian Islands in Alaska and two monitors each to Hawaii and Guam. According to the official, the monitors were sent “in an abundance of caution.”

The EPA official, who refused to be named, also said that the agency has 40 more detectors that could be dispatched. These detectors will enhance the several monitors already installed in the entire 50 states of U.S., a Democratic congressional said.

Japan has been trying to deal with the damage done on the nuclear power plants since the earthquake and tsunami has hit the country on Friday. U.S. officials have already advised many American citizens around the area of the Fukushima nuclear complex to evacuate as soon as possible.

However, U.S. officials are not expecting any harmful radiation from the devastated country to reach the borders of the United States. Still, EPA will continue tracking the radiation levels from the radiation detectors through its Internet database.

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