March 12, 2011
Editor’s note: Japan has now declared an emergency at two nuclear power plants. Five nuclear units are in trouble. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he is sending 50,000 troops in for a “massive, military-led rescue operation” in the area. Local media in Japan say the stricken plant “may be experiencing nuclear meltdown.” The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Saturday that radioactive cesium has been detected, indicating that the plant’s nuclear core has been exposed.
A massive explosion has rocked a Japanese nuclear power plant after Friday’s devastating earthquake.
A huge pall of smoke was seen coming from the plant at Fukushima and several workers were injured.
Japanese officials say the container housing the reactor was not damaged and that radiation levels have now fallen.
A huge relief operation is under way after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which is thought to have killed at least 1,000 people.
The offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami which wreaked havoc on Japan’s north-east coast, sweeping far inland and devastating a number of towns and villages.