After being hit by an earthquake and tsunami, Japan now faces even more problems.
With natural disasters come many things. Fear, sorrow and doubt rank highly in the emotional category, whilst in the physical outcomes people are injured, trapped or worse, dead and nobody knows.
Prioritising what to do first is a distressing activity, and now everyone involved has an even bigger problem. Friday’s enormous earthquake and tsunami triggered an explosion at a nuclear power plant that has led to radiation levels soaring.
Tokyo Electric Power said four of its workers had been injured in the blast at Fukushima, 250km north of Tokyo, but that their injuries were not life-threatening.
However, the evacuation area around the power plant has been extended, and a state of emergency has been declared.
Tests on three individuals in a nearby hospital showed they had been exposed to some of the wavering radiations levels.
A Government spokesman Yukio Edano said radiation levels had fallen around the Plant. “Sea water is being pumped in to rectify this.” He added.
The government is attempting to keep morale high, and is freely distributing iodine to those who need it.
Iodine is an antiseptic, and cleans any wounds on the body, particularly helpful to those who have been trapped in murky water.