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TEPCO dumping the toxic water into the sea

TEPCO, Tokyo Electric Power Co., that is in charge of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, already released 10,000 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at 19:03, today, 4/April in Tokyo Time.  They will plan for the second release of 1,500 tons of contaminated water at 21:00, 4/April, in Tokyo Time.

Earlier today, they announced there will be the possibility to release the radioactive water from Tuesday, 5/April.

News Source: Yomiuri Online

Dog three weeks at sea saved

Japanese-dog-1_OM-TimesSENDAI (Kyodo) — A dog was rescued at sea off the coast of Kesennuma on Friday after being found drifting atop a roof believed to have been washed away by the killer tsunami triggered by the March 11 earthquake, Japan Coast Guard officials said.

Coast guard members aboard a helicopter involved in the day’s search for those still missing after the disaster found the dog on the roof drifting along some 1.8 kilometers off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, at around 4 p.m., according to the officials.

Japanese-dog-2_OM-TimesThree of the members approached the dog in a lifeboat and rescued it about an hour later after initial rescue operations by the helicopter failed as the dog got away from the roof to lumbers and other debris floating nearby, the officials said.

The dog’s blackish collar has no clues about the owner such as address and contact numbers, they said.

The dog was keeping quiet and ate biscuits and sausages on a patrol boat, according to the officials.

News Source: Japan Times

Rescued dog back with owner after drifting at sea 3 weeks

SENDAI, April 4, Kyodo

A dog rescued from a roof drifting on the sea off earthquake and tsunami-hit Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, was returned to its owner Monday.

After watching a TV news report on the rescue, the owner of the female dog visited the animal care center where she was being looked after, to take her back.

”We’ll never let go of her,” the owner was quoted as saying by a center official, while the dog happily wagged her tail when the owner appeared.

”I’m happy for the reunion, after they were separated by the disaster,” said Toshiro Suzuki, head of the animal care center.

The dog was found Friday by Japan Coast Guard members on the roof drifting along some 1.8 kilometers off Kesennuma. The roof is believed to have been washed away by the deadly tsunami.

News Source: Kyodo

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