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Friday, March 25, 2011

Japanese Officials Fear Possible Breach Of Reactor Core Vessel

Japan's Self-Defense Force's members and others in protective gear hold blue sheets as they help to transfer workers who stepped into contaminated water on Thursday during their operation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, at a hospital in Fukushima, northern Japan. (AP/Yomiuri Shimbun, Takuya Yoshino)

Japan's Self-Defense Force's members and others in protective gear hold blue sheets as they help to transfer workers who stepped into contaminated water on Thursday during their operation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, at a hospital in Fukushima, northern Japan. (AP/Yomiuri Shimbun, Takuya Yoshino)

The Japanese government is quietly encouraging a wider evacuation from the region around the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear plant as officials investigate evidence that a reactor core vessel at the plant might be damaged and leaking radiation. We have an update on the situation and analysis with Michael Friedlander, a former nuclear power plant operator in the U.S.


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