13 Mar '11, 10am

Fear as Japan struggles with stricken nuke reactors

FUKUSHIMA, Japan : Japan battled a nuclear emergency on Sunday in which the government said two partial meltdowns may have taken place and radiation had escaped from reactors at a quake-damaged atomic power plant. About 200,000 people have been evacuated from residential areas around the Fukushima No. 1 plant, 250 kilometres (120 miles) north of Tokyo, as global concern grows over the threat of a major disaster. Japan's top government spokesman Yukio Edano said it was highly likely that a partial meltdown had occurred in one reactor of the Fukushima plant, and that authorities were working on the assumption that one may occur in another. Edano added that the radiation released into the air so far had not reached levels high enough to affect human health. The crisis began with Friday's massive quake and tsunami disaster, the worst on record in Japan, which caused electricit...

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