While cherry blossoms opened in Tokyo, temperatures plunged again, leaving tens of thousands of homeless shuddering in evacuation camps along the ravaged northeast coast of Japan’s main Honshu island.
No quick end was in sight for the world’s worst nuclear emergency since Ukraine’s Chernobyl disaster of 1986, warned a government lawmaker who has advised Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the crisis at the six-reactor plant.
“This is going to be a long battle,” said Goshi Hosono, who highlighted the threat of 4.5 metre (15 foot) long spent fuel rods that remain volatile for months and need to be cooled in pools with circulating water.
“The biggest challenge at this plant is that there are more than 10,000 spent fuel rods,” Hosono said on Fuji TV. “It will take a very long time to reprocess them, and we sincerely apologise for that.
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