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2011년 3월 17일 목요일

일본 강진 - 핵위험 속 복구 계속 7일째: Rescue and recovery under Nuke Emergency D+7y

일본에 대참사가 일어난지도 거의 일주일이 되어 간다. 가장 피해가 심한 센다이 시는 조금씩 주민의 활동이 시작하고 있다고 한다. 생필품이 귀하여 수퍼마켓에는 사람들이 장사진을 치고 물건을 사려고 기다리고 있고 개솔린과 가스도 공급이 어려워 한 택시운전수는 차의 개스를 사기위해 새벽 6시에 기다리기 시작하여 오후 2시 반경에나 산다고 한다. 형체가 그런대로 남아있는 집에는 가족들이 들어가 엉망이 된 쓰레기들을 치우며 고생하고 있다. 도로가 극심하게 정체되어 센다이의 국제공항은 미군의 특수부대가 투입되어 활주로 개통을 위하여 장비를 동원하여 치우기 시작한다고 하여 어서 공항이 개통되어 물자가 쉽게 도달되어 불편한 것들이 하나씩 해소되기를 바라고 있다.

한편 후쿠시마 원자력발전소에 17일 오후부터 부분적으로 전력 공급이 재개될 전망이다. 

지진과 쓰나미로 작동 불능 상태가 된 냉각장치를 가동할 수 있는 여건이 마련됐다는 점에서, 이번 사태에 새로운 전기(轉機)가 될 수도 있다.

경제산업성 산하 원자력안전·보안원은 17일 오후 “원자로 1·2호기에 대한 송전을 부분적으로 회복할 수 있을 것”이라고 발표했다. “이에 따라 ‘긴급 노심 냉각 장치(ECCS)’를 통해 각 원자로의 냉각 기능을 복원할 가능성이 있다”고 밝혔다.



Japan's increasingly frantic efforts at Nuke Plant

Japan tried high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts Thursday to cool an overheated nuclear complex as U.S. officials warned the situation was deteriorating.

The dousing is aimed at cooling the Unit 3 reactor, as well as replenishing water in that unit's cooling pool, where used fuel rods are stored, Toyama said. The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said earlier that pool was nearly empty, which would cause the rods to overheat and emit even more radiation.
Along with the helicopter water drops, military vehicles designed to extinguish fires at plane crashes were being used to spray the crippled Unit 3, military spokesman Mitsuru Yamazaki said. The high-pressure sprayers were to allow emergency workers to get water into the damaged unit while staying safely back from areas deemed to have too much radiation. 
Officials at TEPCO said they believed they were making headway in staving off a catastrophe both with the spraying and with efforts to complete an emergency power line to restart the plant's own cooling systems.
The interim power line would be a temporary but "reliable" way to cool down the reactors and storage pools, said Teruaki Kobayashi, a facilities management official at TEPCO.


Key details:

  • Water dropped by helicopters seems to blow away in wind
  • At least 19 workers hurt, 20 exposed to radiation
  • Four of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's six reactors have faced serious crises
  • U.S. says Americans should consider leaving Japan
  • Aid workers, victims, regional officials appeal for help
  • More than 5,300 officially listed as dead, but toll expected to top 10,000

  • Rescuer Finds His Whole Family is Gone
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Races for Survival in Minamisanriku
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Worst Hit Areas in Kesennuma
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Foreigners Wait in a Line to Get Visa
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Sugawara Haruto, center, plays with other children at Sezugawa Secondary School, which has been set up as an evacuation centre and is now home to more than 280 people, in Minami Sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan on March 17. Of the 17,000 residents that called this tourist magnet fishing village their home, more than 10,000 remain missing.
Two elderly women and a pet dog pass by a ship that was washed into their neighborhood by the tsunami as they try to make their way to search for their destroyed home in the leveled city of Kesennuma, March 17.
Sisters hug each other when they meet at a makeshift shelter in Minamisanriku, northern Japan on Thursday, March 17.
Former firefighter, Shuichi Ishigawa, 61, looks for his missing son Masahide, also a firefighter, in a toppled firetruck he found in the coastal city of Rikuzentakada. 
A young person rest in a school gynasium being used as a shelter for those displaced by the tsunami.

An evacuee searches for information about missing families and friends on a notice board in Minamisanriku, where more than 10,000 out of a population of 16,000 are still unaccounted for.

A member of Fairfax County search and rescue team of Virginia works at the destroyed fish market in Ofunato. 
Members of Self Defense Army covered bodies in Minamisanriku.

U.S.Airforce Tech. Sgt.Ray Decker, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, prepares to board MC-130P Combat Shadow at Yokoda Air Base.

Teams of Government specialists of emergency rescue headquarters analyze data on the leaked radiation from the nuclear complex damaged by the tsunami.
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A Japan Self-Defense Force officer gives instruction to his team at the devastated residential area of Otsuchi as heavy snow falls March 16, 2011. 
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An evacuee prepares dinner in a makeshift shelter converted from a temple at Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 16, 2011. About 30 survivors gathered in the temple and lived together after their homes were destroyed by the disaster.
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An injured survivor searches for food at a destroyed supermarket in the devastated residential area of Otsuchi, March 15, 2011. 
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A survivor warms himself by a fire at an emergency shelter in Otsuchi, March 16, 2011. 
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A man salvages possessions from the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan
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Evacuees sit through an earthquake at a temporary shelter at a stadium in Koriyama
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Residents holding umbrellas line up to buy rice as it snows in downtown Sendai, March 16, 2011. 
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Evacuees warm themselves by the fire as they prepare dinner at a Buddhist temple in Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 16, 2011. 
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A man stands amidst the destruction in Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. 
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The body of a boy victim is covered by a blanket at a village in Rikuzentakata.
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Officials in protective gear stand next to people from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, in Koriyama.
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An official scans for signs of radiation on a woman in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor. 

A house blocks the road as local residents pass by in Kesennuma, Japan, on Wednesday, March 16.
Japanese soldiers tag a wrapped body recovered in Natori, Japan, on Wednesday.
A view of the destroyed buildings in the city of Ofunato on March 15, 2011.Japanese soldiers search through the rubble looking for tsunami victims in Minamisanriku.
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Displaced people, including 53 who were saved from a retirement home during the tsunami, take shelter inside a school gym in the leveled city of Kesennuma in northeastern Japan on March 17.
A damaged car is part of the debris in after the quake and tsunami devastated Minamisanriku.

Children wait in a vehicle as their parents collect belongings from the family's devastated home before heading to a makeshift shelter in Kamaishi, northern Japan on March 17.

Survivors react after collecting their belongings at their destroyed house in a village hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, northeast Japan on March 17.

People wait in line at the water distribution point in Ofunato.

A U.S.Navy aerial photo shows damage to the town of Wakuya. Ships and aircrafts from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are conducting search-and-rescue operations and resupply missions through Northern Japan.
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A man rides a bicycle at an area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, March 17, 2011
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Residents unload food and water from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, in Kuro-Saki in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 16, 2011. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are conducting re-supply missions in northeast Japan following the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami
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Members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron exit a MC-130P Combat Shadow on their way to Sendai airport, at Yokota Air Base, in this U.S. military handout photo dated March 16, 2011. The squadron has been deployed to Sendai airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. 
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The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. 
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A coffee shop employee assists a man as he donates blankets during relief efforts in in Niigata, northern Japan, after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami killed thousands, March 16, 2011.

Residents carry belongings from tsunami-devastated homes in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture.


Bodies found in the rubble are wrapped in blankets in Rikuzentakata, Japan, on March 15.


Cars washed inland by the tsunami sit in debris-covered water outside Sendai.



A view of the destroyed buildings in the city of Ofunato 



Sea Shepherd team members make their way through the devastation to the town of Itsuchi in Iwate Prefecture.


A shop owner begins clearing the rubble and debris in Ofunato, Japan, on Tuesday, March 15.

A mud-covered elementary school classroom is wrecked due to damage from the massive quake and tsunami that hit Higashimatsushima, Japan.

Community members pass over a bridge littered with debris, including a house on March 15. 

A boat was washed ashore in Hishonomaki, causing locals to duck beneath it on Tuesday.

A man surveys the damage in Minami Sanriku, a town in Miyago Prefecture, on Tuesday, March 15.
A passenger waits for an international flight at Narita airport, east of Tokyo on March 17.





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March 17: Residents walk through the rubble in an earthquake and tsunami-hit area in Kesennuma,

Firefighters search for survivors in the snow in Minamisanriku

Firefighters inspect the damage on a building ruined by Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku
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Japanese emergency crews work to free a body as it sits pinned among concrete sea barriers in Toyoma
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Policemen carry the bodies of victims retrieved from the debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami,
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A red umbrella is seen among the ruins as survivors walk past in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture
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Vehicles travel along the destroyed landscape after the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 17, 2011. 
Fleeing Fukushima
Emi Shinkawa, center, her daughter and son-in-law and their extended family fled Fukushima on Wednesday to escape the threat of nuclear contamination.

The body of a victim is marked with a pole after it was retrieved from the rubble in Rikuzentakata

Survivors huddle around the open fire to keep warm in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture, on Thursday.

Survivors of Friday's earthquake and tsunami carry belongings picked up from their damaged houses in Higashimatsushima

Japanese firefighters lower the body of a victim from a two-story house in Kamaishi. The bodies of one man and three women were found in the house.

Katsuo Maiya, 73, cries in front of the rubble where his sister-in-law's house stood in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Maiya's sister-in-law and her husband were killed in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

A Japanese rescue worker searches a building during attempts to recover more bodies in Minamisanriku.

Sendai residents crowd a morning market featuring fresh vegetables that just arrived for sale on Thursday.

People line up outside a supermarket in downtown Sendai on Thursday.

Yoshikatsu Hiratsuka grieves in front of wreckage where the body of his mother is buried in Onagawa on Thursday. Hiratsuka kept crying out, saying "Sorry, Sorry" that he couldn't have saved her from the tsunami.

A fishing boat is surrounded by debris in the city of Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture.


Cars washed inland by the tsunami sit in debris-covered water outside Sendai.


People cycle down a road littered with debris and crushed vehicles in the Iwate prefecture town of Ofunato


The tsunami left vehicles on top of three-story buildings in Onagawa.

A canal is blocked by cars that were strewn there after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.
Japanese Self-Defense Forces helicopters scoop water off Japan's northeast coast on their way to 
the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Thursday morning.
Japanese Self Defense Forces searched for survivors in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture
A resident looked at the devastation in Otsuchi, northeast Japan.

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Cost of Japan Quake May Top $200 Bln

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Radiation Fears Empty Tokyo Street
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Snow Falls as Hope Fades in Japan                                      
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Earthquake and tsunami survivors' notes seek information about missing relatives and friends 
at the entrance of Natori City Hall in Miyagi Prefecture.

A woman holds her dog as they are scanned for radiation at a temporary center for residents 
living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Koriyama

U.S. rescue workers look over a map of Ofunato before starting operations in the devastated city

Survivors carry goods salvaged from their tsunami-damaged house in the devastated city of Ofunato.   

Local men try to break open a safe they said washed away from their restaurant in Ofunato.

Evacuees stretch while doing exercises at a makeshift shelter in Minamisanriku.

British search and rescue workers search under a roof removed from a house for 
survivors of the tsunami in Ofunato. 

Cars are jumbled in Natori City

People walk down a road between the rubble of destroyed buildings in Minamisanriku,

Members of the Fairfax County search-and-rescue team from Virginia enter a destroyed house
to look for survivors in Kamaishi

Rescue teams look for survivors in Rikuzentakada.

Bodies recovered are marked by a tattered makeshift flag on a tree branch stuck in the debris in Rikuzentakata

Gutted vehicles are seen in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture


Self-Defense Force members inspect the devastated area before they use heavy machinery in Noda village

A bird flies in front of damaged buildings in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture,

Men search for their relatives at a tsunami-devastated area in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture.
A blanket of snow covered the destruction in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi prefecture.
A gas station worker talks to fuel-seeking drivers who stayed overnight in front of the station 
despite a sold-out notice in Ichinoseki, northern Japan early Thursday, March 17.
Students react as they are reunited at an elementary school in Ofunato on Thursday
A NOAA model shows expected wave lengths of the tsunami as it moves across the Pacific after the massive quake in Japan.

























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