China donates $4.6 million in aid to quake-hit Japan

China on Monday pledged $4.6 million in emergency aid to support a huge relief effort in Japan after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the island nation, Xinhua news agency reported.

Up to 10,000 people are feared dead after a tsunami, caused by an 8.9-magnitude quake, struck northeastern Japan on Friday.

Russian rescue teams have just arrived in Tokyo to join the relief efforts. Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said more teams are on their way.

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have sent planes to evacuate their citizens from the quake-damaged country.

A second blast hit reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan on Monday morning following an explosion on Saturday.

At least 11 people were reported killed. The government’s top spokesman, Yukio Edano, said the reactor resisted the blast and dismissed fears of a rise in radiation levels near the damaged plant.

An explosion occurred in reactor No. 1 on Saturday.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., reported on central television that the cooling system at reactor No. 2 has failed, prompting fears of a third explosion.


MOSCOW, Mach 14 (RIA Novosti)

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