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New Nuclear Concerns in Japan

While workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant make repairs to stabilize crippled reactors.....one of the parent company's top executives made a special trip to a shelter to talk to victims.

The vice chairman of Japan's electric company - TEPCO - visited a shelter to apologize to homeless Fukushima residents .

Norio Tsuzimi spoke to families one by one. He admitted his company's responsibility for the crisis at the nuclear plant - and promised to compensate victims.

When residents can get back in their homes depends on progress at the crippled Daiichi nuclear plant where engineers are repairing cooling systems.

But company officials say the work could take days and they are now dealing with a new problem.

Water in one reactor storage pool is reported to be dangerously hot.

If the water boils away, exposed fuel rods could throw more radiation into the atmosphere.

United Nations monitoring teams say radiation is still rising from the complex....but they are not sure exactly where it is coming from.

U .S. troops are still making humanitarian flights to areas deemed safe . But Pentagon officials say they are being cautious.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "We're very concerned about the health of our men and women in uniform."

Concerns about contamination are spreading. Traces of radiation are being found in sea water, vegetables and milk. The government claims the levels are not a threat to human health.

About 170,000 people are believed to be in shelters.

But at one school - turned into an evacuation center....victims had to make way for students. Classes resumed with many evacuees looking on.

Japan's police agency says more than 9,000 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami. Another 13,500 are missing. Police officials estimate that the final figure will likely exceed 18,000 deaths.


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