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Explosion at nuclear power station in quake-hit Fukushima

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency confirms a report that an explosion occurred at a nuclear power station in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture.

The power station operator Tokyo Electric Power Company told the agency that 4 people were injured.

Video of the reactor in question shows the outer wall of the building that houses the reactor has disappeared.

Prefectural authorities say the power company informed them that the ceiling of the building collapsed after an explosion.

via NHK WORLD English

Agency: Uranium fuel may be melting at reactor

The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency
says 2 radioactive substances, cesium and radioactive iodine, have been
detected near the Number One reactor at the Fukushima Number One
nuclear power station.

The agency says this indicates that some of the metal containers of uranium fuel may have started melting.
The substances are produced by fuel fission.

via� Iron Mill News Service.

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