11 Mar '11, 7pm

Leak could occur at Japan nuclear plant: minister

TOKYO - A small radiation leak could occur at Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan's trade minister said, after officials said a pressure build-up had occurred in one of the reactors after a huge earthquake. Banri Kaieda said that authorities were nearing a decision to release radioactive steam from a troubled nuclear reactor in a bid to ease a pressure build-up. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the Fukushima No. 1 plant, told AFP: "Pressure has risen in the container of the reactor and we are trying to deal with it". The Japanese government on Friday told thousands of residents living within a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius of the plant to evacuate after its cooling system failed following a huge 8.9 magnitude quake, the biggest in Japan's history.

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