Fresh explosion heard at stricken Japan reactor

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:38 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - A fresh explosion was heard on Tuesday at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant, the country's nuclear safety agency said.

Authorities at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, damaged in Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, are trying to prevent meltdowns in all three of the plant's nuclear reactors.

Twice before, there have been explosions which have ripped off some roofing from the plant, but these had not damaged the reactor vessels, authorities have said. There was no immediate word on any damage from this third blast.

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