Release of radio active material "minimal" from Japan nuclear plant

The Japanese authorities have told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the release of radio active material from nuclear reactors has been minimal.

A number of nuclear plants were damaged following the massive earthquake and tsunami.  Daniel Dickinson reports.

The Japanese authorities have said there should be minimal health consequences as a result of the release of radio active material.  Around 185,000 residents have, however, been evacuated from ten towns near a number of affected nuclear power plants.  The IAEA has been told that the coolant levels in at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have decreased leading to concerns about a possible meltdown within the reactor.
The Japanese nuclear authorities have begun to inject sea water into the reactor to maintain the cooling of the reactor core.  Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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