More smoke from nu­clear re­ac­tor as Aus­tralia helps

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

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

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