More smoke from nuclear reactor as Australia helps
SMOKE and steam rose yesterday from damaged reactors at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant.
And Australia yesterday deli vered a r emote-controlled water cannon to help cool the reactors.
White steam-like vapour rose from the number two reactor and white hazy smoke appeared to be coming from the number three reactor, Kyodo News said.
Plant staff and tech-nicians, firefighters and military personnel have struggled to prevent a full meltdown at t he pl ant, northeast of Tokyo, since the March 11 tsunami knocked out its reactor cooling systems.
In Canberra, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said two RAAF C-17 transport air craft had flown the equipment to Japan yesterday. Mr Smith said the US had requested the water cannon system, supplied by the Bechtel Corporation.
The system is a series of pumps and trailers that can be remotely manoeuvred into location, he said.
‘‘ Last night, I spoke to Japanese Defence Minister Kitazawa to underline Australia’s continuing commitment to the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response in Japan,’’ Mr Smith said.
SEARCH: Japanese soldiers continue the hunt for missing people in a village near the Onagawa nuclear plant