12 Mar '11, 5am

Japan warns of small radiation leak from quake-hit plant - Yahoo!

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese authorities battling to contain rising pressure in nuclear reactors damaged by a masssive earthquake were forced to release radioactive steam from one plant on Saturday after evacuating tens of thousands of residents from the area. Tokyo Electric Power Co also said fuel may have been damaged by falling water levels at the Daiichi facility, one of its two nuclear power plants in Fukushima , some 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. Officials said that so far the level of radiation leakage was small. And Naoto Sekimura, a professor at the University of Tokyo, said a major radioactive disaster was unlikely. "No Chernobyl is possible at a light water reactor. Loss of coolant means a temperature rise, but it also will stop the reaction," he said. "Even in the worst-case scenario, that would mean some radioactive leakage and equipment damage, but not an ...

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