17 Mar '11, 8pm

No significant worsening of situation at Fukushima: IAEA

No significant worsening of situation at Fukushima: IAEA

VIENNA - The situation at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has not worsened "significantly" over the past 24 hours, but it would be premature to talk about a ray of hope, an IAEA expert said Thursday. "At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant the situation remains very serious. But there has been no significant worsening since yesterday," Graham Andrew, scientific and technical advisor to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a regular daily press briefing here. The current situation at units 1, 2 and 3 of the plant, whose cores had suffered damage from a number of explosions and fires since the devastating earthquake and tsunami nearly a week ago "appears to be relatively stable," Andrew said. Rescue workers were frantically working to cool down the reactors by injecting sea water in order to prevent the worst-case scenario of a meltdown. As...

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