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11 March 2011 Last updated at 22:08 GMT

Japan warns of small radiation leak at nuclear plant

Japanese authorities have warned there could be a small radiation leak from a nuclear reactor whose cooling system was knocked out by the earthquake.

Technicians at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are set to release vapour from the unit in question to lower the pressure and prevent a meltdown.

This carries a risk that a "small" amount of radioactive material could leak, officials say.

More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219

-- BBC 2011-03-11

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If you guys get NHK on your cable you should turn it on, they're showing live helicopter footage. Total devastation. Showing apartment buildings standing with people on top, and all the houses surrounding them have vanished. Huge fires all over. There's going to be an absolutely enormous death toll

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Japan trying to prevent meltdown at nuclear plant in Fukushima

A portion of Japan's nuclear reactors have been shut down in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, but officials are worried about the Fukushima plant, where the emergency cooling system is problematic.

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Japanese nuclear officials are worried about the Fukushima plant, where the

emergency cooling system is problematic. (EPA / The Tokyo Electric Power)

By Thomas H. Maugh II and Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times

March 11, 2011, 1:40 p.m.

About 18% of Japan's 33 nuclear reactors have been shut down in the wake of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck offshore Thursday and triggered a massive tsunami, but officials are particularly troubled by events at one of them — the 480-megawatt Fukushima No. 1 plant in Fukushima Prefecture, where the emergency cooling system has not been functioning properly and authorities fear a meltdown.

More: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-sci-japan-quake-nuclear-20110312,0,2627198.story

-- Los Angeles Times 2011-03-11

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If you guys get NHK on your cable you should turn it on, they're showing live helicopter footage. Total devastation. Showing apartment buildings standing with people on top, and all the houses surrounding them have vanished. Huge fires all over. There's going to be an absolutely enormous death toll

Thanks for that information. Those who can't get it on their television screen can see it on the Internet in a tiny screen here: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

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AP: Radiation levels at Japanese nuclear power plant are 1,000 times normal levels, some seeps outside: http://apne.ws/h62zbt -EF

BREAKING -- California Governor Brown declares state of emergency in four counties due to tsunami damage

BNO News: Tsunami warning CANCELED for the U.S. West Coast; replaced with tsunami advisory (lowest of 3 scales)

BNO News: Tsunami warning canceled for Papua New Guinea

Kyodo: Economic losses from quake to be in the "tens of billions of dollars"

Kyodo: 217 die in 9 pref., 681 missing

CNN: Scope of casualties still uncertain as sun rises in Japan after 8.9 #quake

@BreakingNews: U.S. officials now say they offered to provide coolant to Japan for its nuclear plant, but nation declined

Hawaii: Tsunami warning, advisory also canceled. No warning/watches or advisories in effect for Hawaii

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BNO News: Tokyo: Coastal areas of Miyako, Yamada in Iwate Pref. completely submerged

SKY News: Japanese boat swept away by tsunami found, all 81 aboard airlifted to safety - reports

AP: Japan declares states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants: http://apne.ws/dWSKe1 #earthquake #tsunami -EF

BNO News: Kyodo: Evacuation order issued in 3-km radius of Fukushima No. 2 nuke plant

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NHK: Japanese Govt. confirms small radiation leak at Fukushima 1 plant, expands evacuation area to 10K

Evacuation advisory expansion

The Japanese government has expanded the evacuation area around a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture because of a radiation leak.

It increased the radius to ten-kilometers from three.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said radiation has risen to a level 1000 times higher than usual in the central control room of the Fukushima number one reactor.

[in a separate article, NHK used different figures...as follows:

The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the pressure had risen to up to twice the normal figure by 5 AM on Saturday.

The agency says radiation levels have risen to up to about 100 times the normal figure in the central control room where the reactor's operators are working.]

It also said the operation to lower the pressure in the containment vessel has been delayed.

The agency told reporters a small amount of radioactive material is leaking from the first reactor. It's calling on local people to be calm when they evacuate the area. It says the level of radiation is not harmful to human health.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 07:28 +0900 (JST)

http://www3.nhk.or.j...lish/12_25.html

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Cooling equipment fails at Fukushima No.2 plant

The Tokyo Electric Company has warned the Japanese government of an emergency situation at a second nuclear plant in quake-stricken Fukushima Prefecture.

Tokyo Electric issued the warning about its Fukushima Number Two Plant on Saturday. The warning follows one earlier in the day for the Number One Plant.

The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said equipment failures have made it impossible to cool 3 of the plant's 4 reactors. It said the situation poses no immediate threat of a leakage of radioactive materials.

The agency is considering whether it needs to issue an evacuation advisory to people living near the plant.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 08:18 +0900 (JST)

http://www3.nhk.or.j...lish/12_27.html

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