22 Mar '11, 2am

Smoke, steam rise from Japan nuclear plant

OSAKA, Japan: Smoke and steam again rose from damaged reactors on Tuesday at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, where workers have battled to avert a large-scale disaster, Kyodo News reported. White steam-like vapour was seen rising from the number two reactor and what looked like white hazy smoke from the number three reactor, Kyodo said, adding that efforts to spray water and restore electricity had temporarily stalled. However, work later resumed at the site, said the nuclear safety agency. Plant staff and technicians, firefighters and military personnel have struggled to prevent a full meltdown at the seaside plant northeast of Tokyo since the March 11 tsunami knocked out its reactor cooling systems. Japan, meanwhile, has ordered the suspension of shipments of milk and certain vegetables including spinach from regions around the plant after abnormal radia...

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