Japan puts out nuclear plant fire - IAEA

VIENNA, March 15 Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:57am EDT

VIENNA, March 15 (Reuters) - Japan has told the U.N. nuclear watchdog that it has extinguished a fire at the spent fuel storage pond of its earthquake-stricken reactor, the Vienna-based agency said.

"Japanese authorities have confirmed that the fire at the spent fuel storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was extinguished," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

It had said earlier on Monday that the fire may have been caused by a hydrogen explosion and that radioactivity was being released "directly" into the atmosphere. (Reporting by Sylvia Westall)