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Crews braved hazardous radiation and worked through the night at the Fukushima plant to restore power to water pumps needed to cool overheated reactor cores.
One reactor core is in desperate need of being cooled to avoid a catastrophic meltdown that could eject massive amounts of radioactive material high into the atmosphere.
The U.N. Nuclear Agency says that though conditions have not “gotten worse” in the past 24 hours, the situation at Fukushima is still bordering on an environmental crisis.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said radiation levels in Tokyo are well below the level considered hazardous to human health.
The Japanese government has started testing domestically produced food for radioactivity.
Earlier attempts to cool the reactors by dumping water from helicopters was abandoned after most of the water appeared to fall far from the reactors.
Tokyo Electric Power company or TEPCO warned of massive power outages in the area and made a nationwide call to conserve electricity as power is restored to the plant to prevent a possible nuclear meltdown.
It is not known whether the water pumps that keep the reactor cores from melting down were damaged during the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Japan, creating a 33 foot wall of water that swept over the land causing massive destruction killing thousands and leaving even more homeless.