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Japanese Nuclear Update: Government Declares Emergency In Second Reactor

The saga at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan continues in roller-coaster form today as, moments ago, the Japanese Nuclear Safety Agency reported a second reactor at the plant under a state of emergency– this a brand new problem to be dealt with by authorities. No details have yet been released as to the nature of the emergency to the AP other than that it is not the same problem being dealt with on the first reactor.

Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett described the emergency as “separate and apart” from the full system malfunction occurring in the first reactor on the premises. That one experienced an explosion earlier today, with conflicting reports as to the status of the reactor core.

UPDATE: The Associated Press is now reporting that the reactor in question is Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Dai-ichi is the plant at which there was an explosion of a contested nature earlier today:

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said early Sunday that the cooling system malfunctioned at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The agency said it was informed of the emergency by Tokyo Electric, the utility which runs the plant.

No further details of the troubles at Unit 3 were immediately available.

The report from Fox News below:

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