14 Mar '11, 4am

Japan nuke plant rocked by second blast

SENDAI, Japan: A new explosion at a nuclear plant hit Japan Monday as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. Panic selling saw stocks tumble on the Tokyo bourse, with carmakers, banks and electronics firms taking a hit on fears for the economy as power shortages prompted rolling blackouts and plants remained closed in quake-hit areas. Japan has been battling to control two overheating reactors at the ageing Fukushima plant after the cooling systems were knocked out by Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake and the resulting tsunami that swallowed up whole towns. Shortly after Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the plant was still in an "alarming" state, a blast at its number-three reactor shook the facility and sent plumes of smoke billowing into the sky. The plant's operator TEPCO said that six people w...

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