3rd Explosion At Stricken Japan Nuclear Plant

By Mary Collins
By Scott Sarvay

March 15, 2011 Updated Mar 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM EDT

Japan (Indiana's NewsCenter)— Traffic stretched for miles as panicked citizens tried to flee the area surrounding the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Facility.

A fire broke out at Fukushima reactor #4, while an explosion at reactor #2 prompted fears that cracks in the containment vessel allowed radioactive material to seep out.

The situation is so serious that Tepco officials did something they had not done up until this point, send most of their workers home.

Due to the fire at Unit 4 radiation has increased sharply to a point that can damage human health.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano released an immediate statement of: "Please do not go outside. Please stay indoors. Please close windows and make your homes airtight."

At the height of exposure, alarmingly high radiation dose rates were reported.

And while levels soon dropped, low levels of radiation were detected on a US Navy ship more than 200 miles south of the nuclear facility.

The official death toll has topped 6,000.

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