14 MAR 2011
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan yesterday (13 March) described the devastating quake and tsunami, which were followed by an ongoing nuclear crisis, as "Japan's worst crisis since World War II," which was when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Naoto Kan said the situation at the 40-year-old Fukushima nuclear plant remained worrisome and that the authorities were doing their utmost to stop damage from spreading (see 'Background').
The government had warned of a possible explosion at the No. 3 reactor because of the buildup of hydrogen in the building housing the reactor.
Engineers worked desperately to cool the fuel rods. If they fail, the containers that house the core could melt, or even explode, releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere.
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