March 20, 2011
Crews fighting to cool reactors at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant struggled Sunday to switch partial power back on after a natural disaster that has left more than 20,000 people dead or missing.
The discovery of radiation in foodstuffs in regions around the plant, and of traces of radioactive iodine in Tokyo tap water well to the southwest, compounded public anxiety but authorities said there was no danger to health.
The Fukushima No. 1 plant was crippled on March 11 by a massive earthquake and tsunami which, with 8,133 people confirmed killed, is Japan’s worst natural disaster since 1923.
Another 12,272 are missing, feared lost to the tsunami or buried in the wreckage of buildings. For half a million survivors, many huddled in poorly supplied and spartan shelters, conditions in the icy north are miserable.
This article was posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 5:43 am