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Smoke forces evacuation from Fukushima plant

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Smoke forces evacuation from Fukushima plant

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A number of workers at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been evacuated after smoke started rising from reactor number 3 – one of the most badly damaged at the site.

Earlier reports on Monday morning said engineers had successfully hooked up all the reactors to the main power grid, although TEPCO, the plant’s operator, said that checks were still being made to the plant’s cooling system before powering them up.

The latest developments will be of grave concern, despite Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan saying the situation at the Fukushima complex was improving.

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Workers have been desperately spraying the Japanese plant’s fuel rods with water in an attempt to avert a major meltdown and radiation leak.