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Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure by: – March 24, 2011 Share Two workers at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been taken to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation.The pair had been attempting to restore the cooling system in reactor 3, which was damaged by the quake on 11 March.Several workers have now been hurt on the site, an indication of the scale of the task facing them.Radiation levels in Tokyo’s water supply have now fallen, but remain high in other areas of northern Japan.The official death toll from the magnitude 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami has now risen to 9,523. Another 16,094 people are listed as missing.Japan’s nuclear safety agency said three workers had been injured when their feet came into contact with radiation-contaminated water while laying cables in the turbine area of reactor 3.They were exposed to radiation levels of 170-180 millisieverts, he said, which is lower than the maximum level permitted for workers on the site of 250 millisieverts. Two of the workers were taken to hospital.“Although they wore protective clothing, the contaminated water seeped in and their legs were exposed to radiation,” said a spokesman.“Direct exposure to radiation usually leads to inflammation and so that’s why they were sent to the hospital to be treated.”Most people are exposed to 2 millisieverts over the average year, while 100 millisieverts is considered the lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.The condition of the injured workers was not immediately known.Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said the situation was “very regrettable”.‘Serious concern’The power plant’s cooling systems failed after the quake and tsunami, leading to the reactors overheating.Power has now been restored to the site, but work to restart the coolers in reactor 3 was briefly suspended on Wednesday after a plume of black smoke was seen coming from it.Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the plant, later allowed workers to re-enter after establishing there was no fire and that radiation level in the area had not risen.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there had been some “positive developments” at the site but that the situation was still “of serious concern”.The plant is 250km (155 miles) north-east of the capital, Tokyo. The government has declared a 20km exclusion zone and evacuated tens of thousands of people. Those living up to 30km away have been told to stay indoors to minimise exposure.People in Fukushima prefecture have been told not to eat 11 types of green leafy vegetables grown locally because of contamination worries. Local producers have been ordered not to send the goods to market.Tokyo residents were warned on Wednesday not to give tap water to babies less than a year old because levels of radioactive iodine – which can cause thyroid cancer – are twice the recommended safe level in some areas of the city.Officials stressed that children would have to drink a lot of it before it harmed them and urged people not to panic-buy. But supermarket shelves were reported to have been cleared of bottled water by Thursday morning.“Customers ask us for water. But there’s nothing we can do,” Masayoshi Kasahara, a supermarket worker in Tokyo told Reuters.“We are asking for more deliveries but we don’t know when the next shipment will come.”Emergency sheltersRadiation readings on Thursday showed levels in water in Tokyo had fallen back below the danger level, but the municipal authorities are distributing thousands of bottles of water to households with infants.The authorities in the nearby city of Kawaguchi, Saitama prefecture, also reported radiation levels above safety norms in its water supply on Thursday.Concern is also growing among Japan’s neighbours. Australia has become the latest country to ban food imports from the affected region.Police believe the final death toll from Japan’s twin disaster may be more than 18,000.Most of the deaths – 5,700 – have been reported in the prefecture of Miyagi. Three thousand bodies have been found in Iwate prefecture, and 776 in Fukushima.At least 18,000 houses were destroyed and 130,000 damaged, and more than 200,000 people are living in emergency shelters.The Japanese government has said it will cost as much as 25 trillion yen ($309bn; £189bn) to rebuild the country after the disaster.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

WHS volleyball girls finish 2nd at Chaparral Tournament; tennis team places third.

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School variety volleyball girls took second place at the Chaparral Tournament, Saturday.Along with this three Wellington girls were named all-tournament team while competing at Chaparral.Siarah Walker, sophomore; Micah Rogers, senior; and Erin Goodrum, freshman, were all selected to all-tournament team.  “This is a huge recognition,” said Cherity Elder, Wellington head volleyball coach. “The girls went 3-2 on the day losing the championship game to Clearwater. They did a great job all day long and battled through with some ups and downs.”Elder said going into the tournament, Wellington was beginning a new rotation since sophomore McKenna Oathout was out with a concussion.  “Erin Goodrum did a phenomenal job taking her place as starting setter,” Elder said. “In fact, she did such a good job that she was selected to the all tournament team. The girls did an excellent job making the changes and adjusting quickly that they were able to defeat Medicine Lodge and Chaparral early on in the day.”Wellington struggled against Conway Springs to end pool play with the Cardinals winning in three games.“We struggled passing in the beginning, and when I finally thought we had it together during the Conway game we incorporated different errors with serving and hitting,” Elder said.The Crusaders finished Wichita Independent off in the semi finals and finally faced Clearwater in the championship.  The second game they battled extremely well, but came up short of 1st place.  On the day, Micah Rogers finished with 11 kills, Siarah Walker finished with 26 kills, and Erin Goodrum finished with 55 assists.“I’m extremely proud of the girls and the way they adjusted, played, and finished out the tournament,” Elder said. “It’s so nice to have a group of competitive girls that make it their goal to finish off teams and win!  The girls got hardware to take home in the form of a medal which they were extremely proud to have.”Wellington is now 9-8 on the season. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Also…WHS “C” Team won their Wellington tournament by beating both Clearwater and Rose Hill.•••••Wellington tennis: The Wellington varsity girls tennis team traveled to Kingman. The Crusaders finished third.Team results are as follows: Conway Springs 36, Wichita Trinity 32, Wellington 28, Chaparral 16, South Barber 14, Kingman 6 and Haven 3. Wellington individual results are as follows: No. 1 Doubles Peyton Adams & Kelsey Whaley, 4-0, 1st Place.No. 2 Doubles Madison Adams & Maggie Fink, 3-1, 2nd Place.No. 2 Singles Kaitlyn Utt, 4th Place.No. 1 Singles Auni Williams, 5th Place.center_img WHS vs. Medicine Lodge25-1225-16WHS vs. Chaparral25-2125-13WHS vs. Conway Springs25-1922-2515-25WHS vs. Independent25-1725-21WHS vs. Clearwater16-2518-25last_img read more