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New Satellite Image of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Site in Japan From March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011

DigitalGlobe has released a new satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear site in Japan taken at 9:35AM local time on March 16, 2011 (see figure 1).  Damage to the Unit 1 reactor building from a previous explosion can still be seen.  Damage to the Unit 3 reactor building from an explosion can be seen as well.  Steam can still be seen emitted from the top of the damaged building.  The angle of this new image, however, shows what appears to be more extensive damage to the Unit 3 reactor building than can be seen in previous satellite imagery.  The image also shows damage to the reactor building for Unit 4 from an explosion.  Steam can be seen venting out of a hole in the side of the reactor building for Unit 2.  Workers likely removed a panel in the side of the building to vent the steam.

Figure 2 shows the reactor buildings for Units 5 and 6.  The side and roof of the buildings appear intact and there is no sign of steam venting from the building.

Figure 1.  DigitalGlobe commercial satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site taken at 9:35AM local time on March 16, 2011.


Figure 2.  DigitalGlobe commercial satellite image taken of the same site, showing reactor buildings for Units 5 and 6.

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