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Smoke Rises from Two Reactors at Japanese Nuclear Plant

photo of Sara Sorcher
March 21, 2011

Smoke emanated Monday from two reactors in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the facility where workers are working to prevent further release of radioactive materials.

White smoke rose from the No. 2 reactor, Hidehiko Nishiyama, an official with Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency, told CNN. Gray smoke spewed from the No. 3 reactor two hours earlier, prompting workers to evacuate the surrounding area.

Nishiyama said that he did not know the cause of the smoke and that there had been no evident explosion. The smoke was coming from the side of the building where the reactor’s spent nuclear fuel pool is located. Japanese authorities have been working to fill the pool with water to prevent the release of more radioactive vapors.

 

There was no spike in radiation, Nishiyama said.

Separately, Japan announced a ban on the sale of milk or spinach due to small traces of radiation in the produce -- tainted spinach was found as far as 65 miles south of plant, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency is convening an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the breakdown of the Fukushima plant and re-examine the agency’s role in nuclear safety.

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