21 Mar '11, 1am

'Worst is over' in Japan, say US, Russian experts

TOKYO - Japan had some success cooling reactors at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, bringing two of the six reactors under control and connecting a second electric cable to the station, according to reports. Tokyo Electric Power, the operator, declared Units 5 and 6 safe after cooling water pumped into them reduced temperatures, the Associated Press reported. An electric cable was hooked up to the No 5 reactor, Kyodo News said, also citing Tepco. US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the Obama administration believes the worst of the crisis is over. Unit 2, where Tepco connected a 1.5km power cable March 18 as it tried to revive cooling systems knocked out by the magnitude-9 temblor and tsunami, is the main source of concern, Mr Chu told CNN yesterday. "Because of the higher levels of radiation there ... there might be a breach in that containment vessel," he said. "Bu...

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