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Fukushima situation stable but still precarious: regulator

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 7:25am
Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - The situation at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has been stabilized but is still precarious, more than a year and a half after disaster struck, a senior Japanese regulatory official said on Wednesday.

In the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century, reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima facility after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami sent radiation spewing over large areas, forcing more than 160,0000 people to flee.

"Overall, the conditions there have been maintained rather in a stable condition ... but there is no denying that the whole situation remains precarious of course," said Kenzo Oshima, a commissioner at Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).

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