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article imageShielding possibly damaged by explosion at Fukushima No.2 Tuesday

By Mark Weitzman     Mar 14, 2011 in World
Tokyo - Another explosion at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant possibly damages number-two reactor. Authorities say containment walls remain intact. It is the third explosion involving the Fukushima plant site.
An explosion occurred at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant shortly after 6 a.m. March 15 in Tokyo (21:00 GMT Monday). The blast happened at the number-two reactor of Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, a Tokyo Electric Power Company spokesman said. It is the second explosion at the number-two reactor since Saturday. That first explosion blew off the facade of the containment building.
"The government also reported apparent damage to part of the container shielding the same reactor at Fukushima 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, although it was unclear whether this resulted from the blast", reports The Telegraph.
"Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters the suppression pool of the number-two nuclear reactor appeared to have been damaged", reports The Telegraph.
At a press conference held by TEPCO officials shortly after the explosion, reporters complained of inadequate responses to their questions. Some reporters were dissatisfied with the technical jargon used by TEPCO officials.
"The power company played down any health risk, saying thick containment walls shielding the reactor cores are still intact", reports The Sun.
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