19 Mar '11, 4am

Troubled nuclear plant in Japan may have to be 'buried'

TOKYO - Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that they may have to bury the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in sand and concrete as a last resort, as officials raised the severity rating of the nuclear crisis. The rating went up from Level 4 to Level 5 on the seven-level international scale - putting it on a par with the 1979 Three Mile Island accident in the United States and two levels below Ukraine's Chernobyl accident in 1986. The International Nuclear Event Scale defines a Level 4 incident as having local consequences and a Level 5 as having wider consequences. The Fukushima plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said it still hoped to solve the crisis by fixing a power cable to two reactors by Saturday to restart water pumps needed to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods. Workers also sprayed water on the No 3 reactor, the most critical of th...

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