15 Mar '11, 11pm

Japanese crews battle to avert nuclear disaster after new blaze at reactor number four at Fukushima No.1

Earlier officials said 70 per cent of fuel rods at one of the six reactors at the plant were significantly damaged in the aftermath of Friday's calamitous earthquake and tsunami. News reports said 33 per cent of fuel rods were also damaged at another reactor. Officials said they would use helicopters and fire trucks to spray water in a desperate effort to prevent further radiation leaks and to cool down the reactors.

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