Japan's Crisis Continues, Reactors Getting Water

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay

March 18, 2011 Updated Mar 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM EDT

JAPAN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - One week after the massive 9.0 quake and tsunami in northern Japan, there appears to be some good news.

Japanese soldiers and elite firefighters have sprayed tons of water onto the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, a lot more than was possible from helicopter air drops.

Japanese officials raised the level of the crisis and reached out to the US for help, both seen as positive steps and acknowledgment of the severity of the situation.

Radiation half a world away is expected to arrive in the U.S. Friday.

The United Nations is forecasting the possible movement of a radioactive plume to hit Southern California late Friday.

The death toll in Japan now stands at 5,692.

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