Reactor 6: 2nd generator providing power, now used for cooling
Reactor 5: coolant pump now working with power connected
Reactor 4: no update
Reactor 3: water dousing continuing - fire trucks chained together, allowing 7 hours of unmanned water cannoning.
Reactor 2: power planned to be restored by the end of today.
Reactor 1: no update
Note: Much of the equipment for power supply is soaked in sea water from the tsunami, so there may be delays as equipment is fixed.
Radiation at the plant: 18 March 8:10am at the west gate of Fukushima 1: 830.8 μSv/h at 8:10am; high; lowering to 364.5 μSv at 9pm. NISA is evaluating new current data.
Note: World Health Organisation reported: No radiation risk outside evacuation zone
Weather is changeable at the moment, rain to arrive tomorrow. One of the sites I follow shows wind directions and forecasts for different altitudes: WeatherForecast.com for Fukushima. '
(NHK) 19th March: wind is blowing from south to north, changing to blowing east to west in the evening. 20th March: rain, with a wind blowing from the south-east to the north-west.
Fukushima prefecture government is now regularly updating their advice bulletins covering utilities, transport and radiation monitoring (PDFs). Bulletins in English, Japanese, Chinese
- Radiation monitoring: 10am March 19 (English: 89th air report, 85th air report, water report)
- Water readings of iodine-131 continue to decrease (well under safe levels).
- Air readings are stable: Iitate 20 microseiverts / hr; Fukushima city 10; Koriyama, Shirakawa and Minami soma around 2.2; Tokiwa, Funehiki, Iwaki and Fukushima airport about 1; Aizu Wakamatsu 0.5; Minami Aizu 0.09
Stomach xray: 600 microseiverts / hr
Fukushima prefectural advice - stay inside as much as possible. All readings are well under safe levels.
- Bus information, Shinjuku/Koriyama bus info
- Airport information
- MEXT map Japanese, press releases Japanese, English press releases via Google Translate
- Ibaraki Tokai 2 monitor Ibaraki prefecture announcements, including radiation measurements: Japanese, English via Google Translate
- Aggregation of various monitoring points, converted into μSv/h for consistency
- Amateur geiger counter in Hino, Tokyo
- Gunma monitoring point
- Yokohama monitor station
- Unofficial google map of monitoring stations
- IAEA updates on the reactors
- TEPCOs press releases: English, Japanese
- NISA press releases English, Japanese
- JAIF reports: English
People I follow on twitter: @makiwi has been fantastic - live translating press conferences, @iaeaorg, @norishikata, @kenmogi, @mutantfroginc
TEPCO also has a twitter account now: Japanese, English via Google Translate.
Twitter lists followed by various media outlets: TheTokyoPost, Wall Street Journal.