12 Mar '11, 2am

Japan vents radioactive steam from atomic plants

TOKYO: Japan scrambled Saturday to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents. Radiation 1,000 times above normal was detected in the control room of one plant, although authorities said levels outside the facility's gates were only eight times above normal, spelling "no immediate health hazard". Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the plants, said it had released some radioactive vapour at the plants to relieve building reactor pressure, but stressed the move posed no health risks. The government declared an atomic emergency amid growing international concern over its reactors after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the biggest in Japan's history, unleashed tsunamis that swept all before them. The US Air Force, which has many bases in Japan, delivered coolant to a J...

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