Fukushima nuclear plant continues to face problems

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant damaged by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 continues to be very serious.

Yukiya Amano

That’s the assessment of the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano during his regular briefing in Vienna.

Workers at the plant have risked radiation from contaminated water as they work to stabilize the reactors.

“The situation continues to be serious and the efforts to overcome this crisis are increasing. At the same time they encounter difficulties like the existence of water or high level of radiation. There have also been some progress too. So I hope the efforts by the emergency workers would lead to the stabilization of the reactors.”

Mr. Amano is convening a high level meeting on nuclear safety to be held in Vienna from 20 to 24 of June this year.

It is estimated that 10,000 people have been killed by the earthquake and tsunami.

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