16 Mar '11, 9am

Nuclear rescue work resumes as radiation levels dip

TOKYO: Workers battling to contain the crisis at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant -- who were evacuated earlier following a rise in radiation levels -- have returned to the plant. "At 10:43 am, there was a direction to evacuate workers due to a sharp rise in radiation readings. It was found the information was not true and they resumed work at 11:30 am," a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The jittery nation, living in dread of a nuclear catastrophe after Friday's twin disaster, was also hit by a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that swayed buildings in Tokyo, fraying already jangled nerves. The official toll of the dead and missing after the quake and tsunami flattened Japan's northeast coast has topped 11,000, with 3,676 confirmed killed, police said. The evacuation order at the Fukushima nuclear power plant came as a tall white cloud was seen billowin...

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