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 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...
 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...
 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...
 In this Sept. 2010 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., workers are seen at work at the central control room of reactor Unit 3 of Tokyo Electr...
 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...
 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...
 Family members cry as they pay their final respects during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefe...
 A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tu...
 Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., right, visit to apologize evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura, Japan, Tuesday, Marc...
 Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...
 Junior high school school teacher Chino Watanabe asks questions on the safety of her students during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation e...
 Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...
 A banner is posted to display slogans which read "Iwate never give up, we are together in one spirit" in Tohno, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, Mar...
 Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima sit on the floor of a gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby l...
 Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., center right, apologizes evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura, Japan, Tuesday, March...
 A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tu...

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A rescue worker sifts through debris during a search in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Monday, March 21, 2011 following the March 11 earthquake and tsuna...

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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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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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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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An elderly Japanese woman searches for her belongings in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami-destroyed town of Rikuzentakata, northeastern Japan, Mon...

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Evacuees take a footbath installed at an evacuation center in Minamisanriku, northern Japan, Monday, March 21, 2011, after the March 11 earthquake an...

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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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In this Sept. 2010 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., workers are seen at work at the central control room of reactor Unit 3 of Tokyo Electr...

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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...

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Family members place dirt over a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan...

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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...

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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...

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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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Family members cry as they pay their final respects during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefe...

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Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., right, visit to apologize evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura, Japan, Tuesday, Marc...

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Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...

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Junior high school school teacher Chino Watanabe asks questions on the safety of her students during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation e...

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Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...

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A banner is posted to display slogans which read "Iwate never give up, we are together in one spirit" in Tohno, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, Mar...

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Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima sit on the floor of a gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby l...

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Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., center right, apologizes evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura, Japan, Tuesday, March...

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Workers reconnected power lines to all six reactor units at Japan's radiation-leaking nuclear plant Tuesday, its operator said, marking a significant step in bringing the overheated complex under control.
In making an announcement after days of anxious waiting by the public, Tokyo Electric Power Co. cautioned that much work needed to be done before the electricity can be turned on. Workers are checking all additional equipment for damage to make sure cooling systems can be safely operated, Tokyo Electric said.
In another advance, emergency crews dumped 18 tons of seawater into nearly boiling storage pool holding spent nuclear fuel, cooling it to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius), Japan's nuclear safety agency said. Steam, possibly carrying radioactive elements, had been rising for two days, and the move lessens the chances that more radiation will seep into the air.
Added up, the power lines and sustained dousing bring authorities closer to bringing the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, with its six reactors and spent fuel pools, under control. Officials and experts, however, have said days, even weeks would be needed to replace damaged equipment and vent any volatile gas to make sure electricity does not spark an explosion.


Updated : 2021-03-08 18:30 GMT+08:00