Third blast occurs at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility - report

15 March 2011 01:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A third explosion occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility on Tuesday morning - this time at the No 2 nuclear reactor as its cooling system failed, like in the two other power plants, in the aftermath of Japan's deadly quake and tsunami, Reuters reported.

A blast occurred at the No 1 nuclear reactor at the site on Saturday, while the No 3 reactor had an explosion on Monday.

But a Chernobyl-type of disaster was “very unlikely”, Reuters quoted International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano as saying.

An explosion at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine 25 years ago had released massive radiation and was considered the worst accident at a nuclear power plant.

"The [Fukushima Daiichi] nuclear plants have been shaken, flooded and cut off from electricity," Amano, adding that "the reactor vessels have held and radioactive release is limited."

By: Pearl Bantillo
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