Fukushima reactor pressure may have hit 2.1 times capacity: METI

TOKYO Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:35pm EST

TOKYO (Reuters) - Pressure inside a reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co's quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant may have risen to 2.1 times its designed capacity, Japan's trade ministry said on Saturday, exceeding the 1.5-times level announced a few hours earlier.

Temperatures and pressure at the No.1 reactor have been rising since its cooling system was knocked out by the earthquake, the largest on record in Japan, raising worries about a possible radiation leak.

The company said it was preparing back-up generators to pump water and cool the reactor.

(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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