Fire breaks out at quake-crippled Japan nuclear reactor

By REUTERS
March 16, 2011 01:04

TOKYO- Japan raced to avert a catastrophe after fire broke out on Wednesday at a quake-crippled nuclear plant that has already sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo and prompted some people to flee the capital.

The plant's operator said workers were trying to put out the blaze at the building housing the No.4 reactor of the nuclear facility in Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

Experts say spent fuel rods in a cooling pool at the reactor could be exposed by the fire and spew more radiation into the atmosphere.


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