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Smoke plumes set back Japan's efforts to contain nuclear crisis

The Los Angeles Times, 22 March 2011
Publié le : 22 mars 2011
 Don Lee, Victoria Kim and John M. Glionna 
"Reporting from Tokyo, Los Angeles and Senmaya, Japan's battle to control the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima suffered a setback Monday after plumes of smoke rising from two of the six reactor buildings forced an evacuation of repair crews and stalled operations to restore vital cooling systems.

"It was unclear early Tuesday what had had produced the smoke, which came from the structures housing reactors No. 2 and 3. But some Japanese scientists said the problems didn't appear to signal a deteriorating situation at Fukushima, where workers had been making progress in the painstaking work to contain the nuclear crisis.

"Still, the unexplained black and gray plume, and a temporary increase in radiation levels around the plant on Monday, underscored the still precarious scene at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, where the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami knocked out the plant's outside power and emergency cooling systems, causing a leak of radiation from multiple sources."

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