12 Mar '11, 11am

Quake-hit Japan nuclear plant must be cooled: expert

Quake-hit Japan nuclear plant must be cooled: expert

HONG KONG - A US radiation expert says cooling is the key to averting disaster at the quake-hit nuclear plant in Japan, it was reported Saturday. The Fukushima No. 1 plant, located about 250 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of Tokyo, was hit by an explosion Saturday, raising fears of a radioactive meltdown, a day after a huge quake damaged its cooling system. Ron Chesser, director for the Center of Environmental Radiation Studies at Texas Tech University, was the first American scientist allowed inside the exclusion zone in 1992 in Ukraine following the Chernobyl disaster. "The fact they're having trouble cooling the reactors is going to trigger an emergency," Chesser told the ScienceDaily website in the US. Chesser said that though reports have said the plant's reactors were shut down safely, the reactors must still be cooled constantly to avoid a meltdown of the core. "T...

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