Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the situation remained “very grave” as workers continued their desperate attempts to spray water onto overheating fuel rods.
Engineers are now considering a “Chernobyl solution” involving encasing the damaged reactors at the plant in concrete, leaving the radioactive rods permanently entombed on the site.
For the second successive day, the IAEA said there had been “no significant worsening” of the situation at Fukushima.
Meanwhile the humanitarian crisis facing survivors of the tsunami continued to deteriorate, with freezing temperatures and food shortages putting lives in peril.
Increasing numbers of people are being forced to scavenge for food in the debris of their homes. (read more)