Wind near Japan's quake-hit plant to blow towards Pacific

March 17, 2011 02:06

The wind near a quake-hit nuclear complex in northeast Japan that has released radiation into the atmosphere is forecast to blow from the northwest on Thursday, moving towards the Pacific Ocean, the weather agency said.

Operators of the quake-crippled nuclear plant said they would try again on Thursday to use military helicopters to douse overheating reactors, as US officials warned of a rising risk of a catastrophic radiation leak from spent fuel rods.

The wind near the plant, which is on the coast, will blow as fast as at 12 meters (39 ft) per second, the Japan Meteorological Agency in Fukushima prefecture said.

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