26 Mar '11, 1am

Suspected breach in N-plant reactor.

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday called the country's ongoing fight to stabilise the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant "very grave and serious", after officials announced a suspected breach in one of the reactors. A breach would raise the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination, two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami disabled the nuclear complex. "The situation today at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant is still very grave and serious. We must remain vigilant," Mr Kan said. "We are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care." The possible breach in Unit 3 might be a crack or a hole in the stainless steel chamber of the reactor core or in the spent fuel pool that's lined with several feet of reinforced concrete. The temperature and pressure inside the core, which holds the ...

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