flashback 10 Reuters update 15 March 3.17am GMT 2011


Reuters) – Following are main developments after a massive earthquake struck northeast Japan on Friday and set off a tsunami.

– Japan PM Kan says radioactive levels high around the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, hit by new blasts on Tuesday. The risk of a nuclear leakage was rising at the power plant on the northeast coast, Kan says.

– People within a 30 km radius of the facility urged to stay indoors.

– Low-level radioactive wind from the nuclear reactor in could reach Tokyo within 10 hours, based on current winds, the French embassy says. Winds over the plant blowing slowly towards Kanto region which includes Tokyo, Japan Met agency says.

– Nuclear plant operator says explosion at the No.4 reactor followed by fire. Calls Japan’s self defence force and the U.S. military to put out the fire.

– Kyodo says radiation levels were up to 9 times normal level briefly in Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. It was not imemdiately clear if it was related to the (reactors? word missing)

– Earlier on Monday, a hydrogen explosion jolted the No. 3 reactor of the stricken nuclear power plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. Operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said 11 people were injured.

– Before the blast, officials said 22 people had suffered radiation contamination. Up to 190 may have been exposed.

– Nuclear safety agency rates the incident a 4 on the 1 to 7 International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, less serious than Three Mile Island, a 5, and Chernobyl at 7.

– Germany’s ruling coalition is discussing suspending for three months its decision last year to extend the life of Germany’s nuclear power plants, a coalition source says.

– Authorities have set up a 20-km (12-mile) exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant and a 10-km (6 mile) zone around Fukushima Daini.

– USGS raises the magnitude of the earthquake to 9.0 from 8.9. Strong aftershocks persist in the stricken area.

– About 450,000 people evacuated nationwide in addition to 80,000 from the exclusion zone around the nuclear power plants. Almost 2 million households are without power in the freezing north and about 1.4 million households have no running water.

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