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Radiation Leaks Recede, Cooling Resumes After Explosion of Nuclear Plant

It is amazing that the containment facility appears to have been effective at stopping the spread of radiation:

“We’ve confirmed that the reactor container was not damaged. The explosion didn’t occur inside the reactor container. As such there was no large amount of radiation leakage outside,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in a news conference Saturday evening. “At this point, there has been no major change to the level of radiation leakage outside, so we’d like everyone to respond calmly.”

Plans to continue cooling the plant are underway, including pumping in sea water. Officials are also planning on using boric acid to slow down the reaction.

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