Quake-hit Japan fears N-meltdown


An explosion at a nuclear power plant in Japan destroyed the building housing the reactor on Saturday (March 12) triggering radiation leaks under the impact of the massive quake and the tsunami it spawned which has left at least 1,700 people dead or unaccounted for. The radiation leak was low after the explosion destroyed the exterior walls of the building where the reactor is placed, but not the actual metal housing enveloping the reactor, Government spokesman Yukio Edano told reporters. The explosion which left four persons injured led to a "nationwide atomic alert".

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