Staff evacuated after smoke rises from nuclear reactor as Japanese engineers reconnect electricity to stricken power plant

Monday, March 21, 2011
By Paul Martin

UK Daily Mail
March 21, 2011

Smoke seen rising from area which housed core of spent nuclear fuel in reactor Number 3

Power restored at all six reactors, but coolers have to be checked for damage before they can be switched on
Electricity could be used to pump more water to cool overheated reactors

Smoke was this morning seen rising from the Number 3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Staff were evacuated from the area around the power plant and all work has been suspended after officials said the smoke was coming from an area where a core of spent nuclear fuel was being stored.

A joint task force set up between the government and the Tokyo Electric Company, which owns the site, was still trying to find a cause for the smoke.

There were no reports of any explosions.

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