14 Mar '11, 3am

Explosion at Japan nuclear plant: live TV

TOKYO: An explosion shook a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant Monday but the reactor was apparently not breached, the chief government spokesman Yukio Edano said. Edano, citing information from the plant operator TEPCO, said the reactor container was likely undamaged and there was a low possibility of major radiation. A TEPCO official said some workers were injured but gave no numbers or details. Japan's nuclear safety agency said the blast, at the number 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, was believed to be caused by hydrogen. A hydrogen explosion had hit the number 1 reactor at the same plant on Saturday, a day after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast coast. Authorities have declared an evacuation zone within a 20 km (12 mile) radius of the plant and evacuated 210,000 people. "We have strongly advised all the people still within the evacuati...

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