Situation at Fukushima 1 not getting worse

The situation at the Japanese Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant hit by series of explosions is not getting worse, Russian state-controlled nuclear corporation Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko told Russia 24 TV-channel.

Fukushima was hit by a number of explosions following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands on March 11. Efforts are still underway to try to cool the overheating nuclear cores in the reactors in a bid to prevent nuclear fallout.

“Technique proved to be even more reliable than might be expected,” Kiriyenko said. “It has passed.”

Restoration of electricity at reactors 3 and 4 of the Fukushima 1 power plant will take several days, TERSO Power Company said.

Currently, the company managed to connect power lines to reactors 1 and 2 of the plant.

On Monday Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will visit the area about 20 kilometers away from the Fukushima 1 to meet with people affected by disasters, government officials were cited by Kyodo news agency.

The Japanese government has evacuated all residents within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima plant as well as the workers at the plant and announced a no-fly zone over it to avoid the spread of radiation.

Fears of a large-scale nuclear disaster remain high in Japan as the country continues desperate efforts to contain the looming crisis.

MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) 

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