Japan– A second hydrogen explosion has occurred Monday in the Fukushima nuclear power plant following Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
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The blast at the plants number-three reactor shook the facility, injured 11 people and sending smoke billowing into the sky.
The first explosion which occurred on Saturday blew apart the building surrounding the plant’s number-one reactor, but the seal around the reactor itself remained intact, officials said. A looming fear of a nuclear a meltdown continues; the Prime Minister Naoto Kan Monday declared the plant is at an “alarming state”.
The UN said power and gas supplies were critical, with the Japanese winter bringing sub-zero temperatures overnight and snow and rain forecast for coming days.
But it was the fear of a nuclear disaster looming on top of the quake and tsunami that gripped the embattled nation as it struggled with a crisis described by Prime Minister Naoto Kan as the worst since World War II.