Japan reactor vessel `may have been affected` by blast: IAEA

The primary containment vessel of one of the reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan "may have been affected" by an explosion there, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 12:24 PM IST

Vienna: The primary containment vessel
of one of the reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan "may have been affected" by an explosion there,
the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday.
"After explosions at both units 1 and 3, the primary
containment vessels of both units are reported to be intact.
However, the explosion that occurred at 04:25 UTC on March 14
at the Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 may have affected the
integrity of its primary containment vessel," the
International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.

All three explosions were due to an accumulation of
hydrogen gas, it said.
And it added: "The IAEA remains concerned over the
status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where sea
water injections to cool the reactors in units 1, 2 and 3 are
continuing. Attempts to return power to the entire Daiichi
site are also continuing."

PTI