IAEA "urgently" seeking info on Japan blast report

By REUTERS
March 12, 2011 11:08

VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog said it is aware of media reports of an explosion on Saturday at Japan's Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant and is urgently seeking information from the country's authorities.

An official of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based UN atom body, gave no further details.

"We are aware of the media reports and we are urgently seeking further information," the official told Reuters.

Jiji news agency said there had been an explosion at the stricken 40-year-old Daichi 1 reactor and TV footage showed vapour rising from the plant, which lies 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.


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