Monday, March 14, 2011

Another blast at Fukushima Daiichi power plant, disaster looms large

Japanese officials confirmed that a hydrogen explosion has occurred at quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, similar to an earlier one at a different unit in the facility.

A massive column of smoke was seen belching from the plant's Unit No. 3 on Monday. The reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast Saturday in the facility's Unit 1.

Officials have been racing stave off multiple reactor meltdowns after a devastating quake and tsunami incapacitated the Fukushima plant.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation.

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