Japan nuke plant reaches cold shutdown

2011-12-16 10:01

Tokyo - Japan's prime minister has announced that the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has reached a "cold shutdown" and is no longer leaking substantial amounts of radiation.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's announcement on Friday marks a milestone nine months after the March 11 tsunami sent three reactors at the plant into meltdowns in the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

But experts noted that the plant remains vulnerable to more problems and will take decades to decommission the plant.

The crisis displaced about 100 000 people.

Officials are to start discussing allowing some residents to return to less contaminated areas. A 20km zone around the plant is expected to remain mostly off-limits for years.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-16 10:12

    They have decided that exposure to 20 millisieverts pa is OK which flies in the face of the recommend 1.5. The outcomes for the Japanese people are dire

  • ivan.leon2 - 2011-12-16 14:08

    It seems the Japanese have not yet learned the tragic and fatal lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the last 66 years since their residents were exposed to nuclear radiation and fallout during WWII in 1945.

  • toibry - 2011-12-16 20:48

    His words will bring everyone to awed attention.

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