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IAEA: Japan nuclear plant damage "worrying"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 01:37

Mar 15 - Yukiya Amano, the director general of the IAEA - said on Tuesday that there might be limited core damage at one of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's reactors. Jon Decker reports.

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Some concern about the damaged Fukushima power plant in Japan - coming from the United Nations. Yukiya Amano, the director general of the IAEA- the International Atomic Energy Agency - said on Tuesday that there might be limited core damage at one of the plant's reactors. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL, YUKIYA AMANO, SAYING: "There is also possibility of core damage to unit No 2 of Fukushima Daichii, damage is estimated to be less than 5 percent of the fuel." Amano said recent developments in Japan's nuclear crisis were what he called "worrying" and announced the IAEA is planning to send a small expert team to Japan. Meanwhile, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook eastern Japan on Tuesday, one of the most powerful aftershocks to hit the country since Friday' devastating earthquake and tsunami. Three days after the tsunami, dazed residents in the city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture surveyed the damage and picked through the rubble. Whole villages and towns have been wiped off the map by Friday's wall of water, triggering an international humanitarian effort of epic proportions. Officials say the death toll in the north may be as high as 10,000. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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IAEA: Japan nuclear plant damage "worrying"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 01:37