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Official: Japan nuke plant pool at or near boiling

 A rescue worker sifts through debris during a search in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Monday, March 21, 2011 following the March 11 earthquake and tsuna...
 An Urban Search and Rescue officer from South Africa sifts through debris during a search of a suburb in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Monday, Ma...
 Japanese rescue workers prepare to sift through debris during a search in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Monday, March 21, 2011 following the March 11 ea...
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 An elderly Japanese woman searches for her belongings in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami-destroyed town of Rikuzentakata, northeastern Japan, Mon...
 Evacuees take a footbath installed at an evacuation center in Minamisanriku, northern Japan, Monday, March 21, 2011, after the March 11 earthquake an...
 In this photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), gray smoke rises from Unit 3 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power pla...
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 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel march by coffins during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyag...
 Family members place dirt over a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan...
 In this Sunday, March 20, 2011 photo, a classroom burned by a fire is seen in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami-destroyed city of  Ishinomaki, nort...
 Family members cry as they pay their final respects during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefe...
 In this Sept. 2010 photo, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers are seen at work at the central control room of reactor Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi n...
 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel prepare to lay a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City...

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An Urban Search and Rescue officer from South Africa sifts through debris during a search of a suburb in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Monday, Ma...

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A Japanese nuclear safety official says a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point.
Nuclear safety agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama told reporters Tuesday that the high temperatures in the spent fuel pool are believed to be the cause of steam that has wafted from Fukushima Dai-ichi's Unit 2 since Monday.
The hot storage pool is another complication in bringing the plant under control and ending a nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast.
If water in the pool bubbles away and exposes fuel rods, more radiation would be thrown off.


Updated : 2021-01-17 11:37 GMT+08:00