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New failure hits Japan nuke plant after blast 03/15/2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New failure hits Japan nuke plant after blast

03/15/2011
TOKYO — An explosion rocked a building housing a nuclear reactor at a quake-damaged Japanese power plant yesterday, the second such blast in two days, and the cooling system failed at a third reactor.

The new troubles at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, 250 kilometers north of Tokyo, stalled Japan’s efforts to secure the facility after Friday’s massive earthquake and devastating tsunami.

Officials said the container surrounding the plant’s number-three reactor was not breached in the blast — which left 11 people injured — and there was no major rise in radiation levels.

The nuclear safety agency ruled out the possibility of a Chernobyl-style accident at the plant, according to national strategy minister Koichiro Genba..... MORE

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