UpdateJapan's Fukushima reactor container intact after blast

14 March 2011 08:23  [Source: ICIS news]

(adds updates from the International Atomic Energy Agency throughout)

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The hydrogen explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex on Monday did not damage the reactor’s primary containment vessel, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Monday.

"The reactor building exploded but the primary containment vessel was not damaged. The control room of unit 3 remains operational," the statement said, adding that the information was provided by Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

Four army personnel and seven nuclear power plant workers were hurt in the blast, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was quoted as saying by the Associated Press on Monday.

The explosion at the nuclear complex, located 240km north of Tokyo, occurred at 11:01 Tokyo time (02:01 GMT) on Monday, according to the IAEA statement.

It was the second blast at the complex after Saturday's explosion at its No 1 reactor, following a failure of the reactor's cooling system.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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