IAEA: Japan Reactors Remain Intact

IAEA: Japan Reactors Remain Intact
# 15 March 2011 03:33 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. The head of the United Nations nuclear agency says Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami had flooded nuclear power plants, but their reactor vessels are intact and their radioactive release is limited, APA reports quoting “The Voice of America”.

Speaking in Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said Japanese authorities are working as hard as they can to stabilize the country’s nuclear power plants and ensure safety.

He says the nuclear crisis is unlikely to turn into another Chernobyl, referring to Ukraine’s 1986 nuclear power plant disaster — the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Amano also announced that the agency’s Department of Nuclear Safety and Security will hold a daily briefing for IAEA member states to give up-to-date information on the situation in Japan.

Meanwhile Monday, the Japanese government asked the United States for help in tackling cooling issues at its damaged nuclear power plants triggered by the March 11 quake and tsunami.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement Monday that is has already dispatched two boiling-water reactor experts, adding they are currently in Tokyo offering technical assistance.
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