13 Mar '11, 7am

Nuclear-energy foes see warning in Japan crisis

Nuclear-energy foes see warning in Japan crisis

SYDNEY - Australian opponents of nuclear power Sunday seized on the reactor accident triggered by Japan's huge earthquake as proof of the terrible danger of nuclear energy, despite its recent global "renaissance." A Japanese government spokesman said radioactive meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in eastern Japan, which was badly hit by the 8.9-magnitude quake that hammered the area on Friday. The eyes of the world were anxiously locked on the unfolding emergency after a blast blew off the housing of one reactor after it overheated while a second was also overheating and at risk of exploding. The drama fuelled the arguments of ardent nuclear foes in Australia, which supplies much of the uranium used in the world's reactors, including to the company that runs the stricken Japanese reactors, campaigners said. "The terrible human ...

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