VIENNA, March 15 Japanese operators have been
considering the removal of panels from the No.5 and No.6
reactors at its damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to prevent
any hydrogen build-up, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) noted that it
was a build-up of hydrogen at the plant's 1-3 units that had led
to previous explosions at the complex since Friday's massive
earthquake and tsunami.
"Units 5 and 6 were shut down at the time of the earthquake
... both reactors are currently loaded with fuel," the
Vienna-based agency said in a statement.
As of 0016 GMT on March 15, "plant operators were
considering the removal of panels from units 5 and 6 reactor
buildings to prevent a possible build-up of hydrogen in the
future," it said.
(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Matthew Jones)