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Old 03-12-11, 06:40 AM   #1
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Post Explosion Reported at Japanese Nuclear Plant

An explosion sent white smoke rising above at a nuclear plant where a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled cooling systems in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Saturday, citing the country's nuclear and industrial safety agency. The Tokyo Electric Company said four workers on the ground were injured, NHK reported.

It was not immediately clear where the blast occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, or what caused it. One expert said the explosion was "clearly a serious situation," but may not be related to problems inside the plant's nuclear reactor. Other effects of the tsunami may have caused the blast, said Malcolm Grimston, associate fellow for energy, environment and development at London's Chatham House.

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