(THE GLOBE AND MAIL) — Japanese officials have confirmed that a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, similar to an earlier one at a different unit in the facility.
An official says the inner reactor container is still intact after an explosion.
A massive column of smoke was seen belching from the plant’s No. 3 unit Monday. The reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast Saturday in the facility’s Unit 1.
Meanwhile, soldiers and officials in northeastern Japan are warning residents that the area could be hit by another tsunami and are ordering residents to higher ground.