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Third explosion rocks earthquake-damaged Japan nuclear plant

Haaretz Service via AP

March 14, 2011 | 6:12 pm

A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.

The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant - the latest on Monday - as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami.

The troubles at the Dai-ichi complex began when Friday’s massive quake and tsunami in Japan’s northeast knocked out power, crippling cooling systems
needed to keep nuclear fuel from melting down.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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