martedì 15 marzo 2011

New fire hits Japan nuclear plant (latest news)

2235: Tepco spokesman Hajimi Motujuku says the fire at reactor four is in the outer housing of the containment vessel. Its cause is not yet known, AP reports.

2228: US President Barack Obama tells ABC-affiliate KOAT News it is "very important to make sure that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the nuclear facilities" in the US. "I've already instructed our Nuclear Regulatory Agency to make sure that we take lessons learned from what's happened in Japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in our country," he added.

2216: The BBC's Matt Frei in Tokyo says spent fuel rods in reactors five and six are also now believed to be heating up.

2210: Tepco has confirmed that a fire broke out at reactor four in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Smoke is pouring from the reactor, a spokesman told reporters.

2206: Japan is a proud country, reluctant to accept outside help at the best of times, says our correspondent. But these are the worst of time, he says, and outside assistance is now arriving, in the form of a team of US nuclear experts who are joining Japanese efforts to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.

2216: The BBC's Matt Frei in Tokyo says spent fuel rods in reactors five and six are also now believed to be heating up.

2204: The BBC's Matt Frei in Tokyo says the city is at the mercy of events it simply cannot control. Japan now has the unique status in human history of being confronted with an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster within days, he says.

2157: Tepco says efforts are underway to tackle the fire inside the building which houses the number four reactor, Reuters reports.

2154: More on those two workers reported to be missing from Fukushima. A national nuclear safety agency spokesman, Masami Nishimura, said they went missing on Friday, the day the quake and tsunami struck, not after Tuesday's explosion, AFP reports.

2153: Flames are rising from the reactor, AP reports.

source: BBC news real time