19 Mar '11, 10am

Japan races to start nuclear plant cooling system

Japan races to start nuclear plant cooling system

OSAKA, Japan - Engineers at a stricken nuclear power plant in Japan were close to restoring power to vital cooling systems Saturday as they scrambled to prevent a full-blown meltdown, officials said. Electricity was expected to be reconnected to four reactor units at the Fukushima No. 1 plant on Saturday and to the other two Sunday, more than a week after a devastating earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear safety agency said. The announcement offered some hope of a breakthrough in efforts to prevent a major radiation leak from the troubled facility, although it is not yet clear whether the cooling system will work properly even if power is restored. The government meanwhile said it had discovered abnormal levels of radiation that exceeded the legal limit in milk and spinach from areas near the stricken plant, but that they posed no immediate threat to humans. Emergency servi...

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