Latest in Japan's quake, tsunami, nuclear crisis

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Posted: Mar 26, 2011 3:16 AM
Latest in Japan's quake, tsunami, nuclear crisis

U.S. naval barges loaded with fresh water sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant to help workers who are scrambling to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility. Workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been pumping seawater to try to stabilize reactors that went haywire after a tsunami knocked out the complex's crucial cooling system earlier this month. But plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. is now rushing to inject the reactors with fresh water instead amid concerns about the corrosive nature of the salt in seawater. The U.S. military is sending water to nearby Onahama Bay and will begin water injections early next week. The official death toll from the disaster stands at 10,151, with more than 17,000 listed as missing. The final death toll is expected to top 18,000.