12 Mar '11, 8am

Blast heard in Japan nuclear plant

TOKYO: An explosion was heard Saturday from a quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant hours after Japanese officials reportedly warned the atomic plant Fukushima No. 1, about 250 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of Tokyo, "may be experiencing a nuclear meltdown". Kyodo News agency said radioactive caesium had been detected near Fukushima plant, citing the Japanese nuclear safety commission. An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan on Friday leaving more than 700 dead. Public broadcaster NHK Saturday reported that a blast had been heard at about 3:30 pm (2.30pm Singapore time, 0630 GMT) and showed delayed footage of smoke billowing from the site, also reporting that the reactor building had been destroyed. The earthquake damaged the facility's cooling system, prompting the government to evacuate more than 45,000 residents within a 10-kilometre (six-mile) radius. Thirty-two-...

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