13 Mar '11, 10am

Japan spokesman warns of fresh nuclear blast risk

TOKYO - Japan's top government spokesman warned Sunday of a fresh threat of explosion from a nuclear unit at a power plant in the country's earthquake-ravaged northeast. A hydrogen explosion could occur at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. That would follow a blast that took place Saturday at the same power plant as operators attempted to prevent a nuclear meltdown of another unit by injecting sea water into it. ``At the risk of raising further public concern, we cannot rule out the possibility of an explosion,'' Mr Edano said. ``If there is an explosion, however, there would be no significant impact on human health.'' Mr Edano said that mechanical problems with the pump delayed the injection of cooling water into the reactor, leaving the fuel rods briefly exposed, raising the risk of both a nuclear meltdown and an ...

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