Explosion at Fukushima 3 Nuclear Power Plant … Which Used Plutonium

Japan’s biggest news service – Nikkei – reports:

An explosion hit the Daiichi No. 3 nuclear plant in Fukushima Monday.

Here is footage:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIZKlaEZMLY]

And here is a before and after photo of number 3 from Japanese television station NHK:

AP/Huffington Post reports:

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Unit 3 of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit of the facility.

Yukio Edano says people within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius were ordered inside following Monday’s. AP journalists felt the explosion 30 miles (50 kilometers) away.

This looks worse than yesterday’s explosion at the number 1 reactor.

BBC points out that a meltdown at number 3 could be more serious than number 1, because number 3 uses plutonium as well as uranium:

The plant’s operator says pressure is rising inside reactor No. 3 after it lost its emergency cooling system.

A similar problem led to a blast at the plant’s No. 1 reactor on Saturday. …

But the BBC’s Chris Hogg in Tokyo says the second reactor is a different type which uses MOX (plutonium plus uranium) fuel and the consequences of a problem there are potentially more severe.

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