Friday, March 11, 2011

Heightened state of alert at Japan atom plant: IAEA - 11th Mar 2011

(Reuters) - Japan has told the U.N. nuclear wathchdog that a heightened state of alert has been declared at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after Friday's major earthquake, the Vienna-based agency said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency also said it had been told that the plant had been shut down and that no release of radiation had been detected. Japanese media reported separately that a leak was possible at the plant as water levels fell.

"The IAEA is seeking further details on the situation at Fukushima Daiichi and other nuclear power plants and research reactors, including information on off-site and on-site electrical power supplies, cooling systems and the condition of the reactor buildings," it said in a statement. "Nuclear fuel requires continued cooling even after a plant is shut down." Source

Note: Reports coming through that 2000 residents have been evacuated in the area of the Nuclear Station.