Japan Latest: Workers Try to Prevent Another Explosion

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

TOKYO (AP) - Technicians at a damaged Japanese nuclear plant are
expected to start pumping nitrogen into an area around one of the
plant's six reactors in the next several hours.

The goal is to counteract the hydrogen there, and prevent additional explosions that could release radiation and further damage the reactors.

Nuclear officials say there's no immediate threat of more explosions, but they're not taking chances.

Earlier, workers were able to stop radioactive water from gushing through a crack into the Pacific Ocean.

The plant's reactors have been overheating since power was knocked out by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed
as many as 25,000 people.

Workers have resorted to pumping water into the reactors and letting it gush wherever it can.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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