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March 15th, 2011
07:04 AM ET

Third blast rocks Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

(CNN) Spent fuel rods containing radioactive material may have burned in Tuesday's fire at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant - causing a spike in radiation levels, the plant's owner said.

The blaze started Tuesday morning but was later extinguished, Tokyo Electric Power Company said. It was unclear how much radioactive material may have been emitted, or what kind of health threat that could pose.

Glenn Sjoden, Nuclear Engineering Professor at Georgia Tech University, talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the potential effects of the blasts.

Filed under: Haiti • Japan Earthquake • Security
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. World Citizen

    We need to act, the World needs to help now!
    Russia, USA,and all countries with air tankers and able to render assistance must before all 6 reactors fully melt down.

    This is truly a Global problem. The same air breathed in Japan circulates the entire world in 24Hrs. Remember Chernoble??

    Do you want to deal with Horrible and irriversible Cancer and Genetic damage and sickness?

    The world must know, the World must act.

    Do this for your children, do this for you!

    March 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Ruderal

    Oh great, that hot air rises to the height of the weather systems coming directly onto the west coast of the united states. and no warning! why wouldn't the government be more concerned and let us know.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  3. allen

    we hope u people get it to calm the stuff down and hope u get it cleaned up hope u luck.

    March 15, 2011 at 9:16 am |