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Japanese nuclear reactor in peril after deadly earthquake, tsunami off coast

Steven Mufson
Washington Post
Friday, March 11, 2011

Japanese authorities on Saturday were racing to find ways to deliver new backup generators or batteries to a nuclear power reactor whose cooling facilities were crippled by a loss of power caused by the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday afternoon.

The reactor, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co., is drawing on battery power that may last only a few hours. Without electricity, the reactor will not be able to pump water to cool its hot reactor core, possibly leading to a meltdown or some other release of radioactive material.

Japanese authorities ordered the evacuation of about 3,000 residents within a 1.9-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and told people within a 16.2-mile radius to remain indoors, according to the Web site of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Incident and Emergency Centre.

The cooling problem affects the second of six reactors at the plant, on the east coast of Japan about 200 miles north of Tokyo and south of the heavily damaged town of Sendai.

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Japan to Release “Slightly Radioactive” Vapor at Disabled Reactor

USA Today
Friday, March 11, 2011

Japanese authorities will release slightly radioactive vapor to release pressure at a disabled nuclear power plant reactor near Tokyo .

Japan’s nuclear safety agency said pressure inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal, the Associated Press reports.

The agency says the radioactive element in the vapor would not affect the environment or human health.

Officials have declared Japan’s first ever nuclear emergency and ordered the evacuation of 3,000 nearby residents as a precaution.

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Possible Radiation Leak At Japan Nuclear Plant

Fox News
Friday, March 11, 2011

RELATED: Japan Declares Nuclear Emergency After Devastating Earthquake

MYFOXNY.COM – A radiation leak could occur at the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo in the aftermath of an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda told Kyodo News Friday.

Any amount of radiation leakage “would be small,” Kaieda said.

Some 2,800 residents living near the Fukushima nuclear plant were urged to evacuate Friday.  Engineers had been unable to pump water to cool the nuclear reactor at a northeastern power plant crippled by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake for several hours.

Officials in Fukushima issued the advice for residents living within a two-kilometer (1.2-mile) radius of the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Japan declared a nuclear emergency Friday after engineers said they were unable to pump water to cool the nuclear reactor at a northeast power plant crippled by fire caused by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

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