Nuclear association: Japan reactor being cooled

LONDON Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:58am EST

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Nuclear Association, the main nuclear industry body, said Friday that it understood the situation at Japan's Fukushima plant after a massive earthquake was under control, and water was being pumped into its cooling system.

"We understand this situation is under control," an analyst at the association told Reuters.

The Japanese government had declared an emergency situation around the plant as a precaution and evacuated residents, saying a cooling system was not working.

The analyst said he understood that a back-up battery power system had been brought online after about an hour, and begun pumping water back into the cooling system, where the water level had been falling.

(Reporting by Karolin Schaps; Writing by Kevin Liffey)

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