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article imageJapan calls on the US for help in Fukushima nuclear crises

By Leo Reyes     Mar 18, 2011 in Environment
After several days of frantic and painstaking efforts in preventing more explosions at the overheated Fukushima nuclear plant , Japan has reached out to the United States for help in dealing with the week-long nuclear crises.
Engineers at the Fukushima nuclear plant are desperately trying to cool down the overheated plant by harnessing sea water and pouring them into the plant's reactors using helicopters but observers say it didn't help much as specific targets were not hit.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the Fukushima power plant, was trying to lay a one kilometer cable Thursday to the nearest working grid in an effort to re energize the plant so that the motors and pumps can function again to pump in water to the reactors and water storage pools.
"We see it as an extremely serious accident," Yukiya Amano, the head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters Friday just after arriving in Tokyo. "This is not something that just Japan should deal with, and people of the entire world should cooperate with Japan and the people in the disaster areas."
"I think they are racing against the clock," he said of the efforts to cool the complex.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Tokyo is asking the U.S. government for help and that the two are discussing the specifics.
"We are coordinating with the U.S. government as to what the U.S. can provide and what people really need," Edano said.
"A defense ministry official said that a U.S. military fire truck was standing by to help supply water to the crippled reactor units, although the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said "the vehicle would be driven by Japanese workers", reports.
US President Barack Obama in a televised announcement said US officials do not expect harmful radiation to reach the US or its territories. He also mentioned the US has offered help to Japan in solving the nuclear crises.
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