Threat of nuclear meltdown looms over Japan

Officials confirm three reactors are at risk of overheating

Post-earthquake relief efforts in Japan are focused on averting a nuclear meltdown and caring for the millions that are still without power or water. Friday’s earthquake and tsunami are now estimated to have killed 10,000. Officials have confirmed three of country’s nuclear reactors remain at risk of overheating, which could lead o to a devastating radiation leak. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, authorities say they had to release radioactive steam into the atmosphere to avert a meltdown. Japanese PM Naoto Kan says the current crisis is the country’s biggest challenge “in the 65 years since the end of World War II.”


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