12 Mar '11, 1am

#japan warns of #nuclear meltdown at quake-damaged plant. reports say radioactive levels 20x over normal

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan warned of a meltdown on Saturday at a nuclear reactor damaged when a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast coast, but said the risk of radiation contamination was small. Media reports estimate at least 1,300 people may have been killed by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan and then a 10-metre tsunami that swept inland. Experts said any threat of widespread radiation leaks would be contained as long as the reactor's outer container is intact. State broadcaster NHK quoted officials as saying there was no need to extend an evacuation area already set up around the damaged plant. Authorities have been scrambling to reduce pressure at two nuclear power plants in Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo , damaged by the quake, which measured a massive 8.9, the biggest since records began in Japan 140 years ago. Jiji...

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