TEPCO sees steam but no crisis at nuclear plant

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 12:07 AM

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant says steam appears to be coming from a reactor building but radiation levels are steady.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says workers Thursday are continuing to inject water into the No. 3 reactor to cool it. It says the reactor's spent fuel pool is stable and the temperatures and pressure there aren't changing significantly.

The No. 3 reactor was one of three at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that suffered core meltdowns after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, leading to the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Thousands of people have been unable to return to their homes near the plant because radiation levels are still high.

Most of Japan's nuclear reactors remain shut down for safety checks following the disaster.

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