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(Video) Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant explodes, 4 workers injured in 8.9 earthquake aftermath

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Update at 6:02AM EST-Video of Fukusima Daiichi plant explosion added below.

Update at 6:53 AM-Yoko News has translated a news conference from Japan's  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which confirmed that Government will use ocean water in their attempts to stop a full meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted during the press conference this would be new strategy stop a full meltdown that has not been attempted before. In addition, Ki-moon was unsure at this point, what damage the ocean water could do to the nuclear reactor.

(Japan)-An explosion injured at least four workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant facing a possible meltdown and destroyed the walls of one building.

"We are now trying to analyze what is behind the explosion," government spokesman Yukio Edano told the Associated Press. "We ask everyone to take action to secure safety."

Japanese TV images showed the crumbled remains of one of the plant building's walls with smoke emerging from the site. Tokyo Electric said an explosion happened in the first reactor, according to local media reports.

This incident comes as the level of water used to cool a nuclear reactor damaged in Friday, March 11th after 8.9-magnitude earthquake and 23 foot tsunami dropped coolant waters to the plant an alarming level, according to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, heightening fears of a larger nuclear disaster.

As of 11:20AM Japanese local time, a part of the "fuel assembly" of fuel rods at the plants first reactor was exposed above water, with a maximum exposure of about 90 centimeters.
The longer fuel rods remain exposed, they would be damaged, releasing radioactivity.

Video of Fukushima Power Plant in Japan Exploding 

"It is possible that this can be contained and we would have a very bad nuclear contamination event. But if the water levels continue to drop and the rods are exposed further it could lead to a core meltdown."  
“The core would melt through the steel holding structure and plunge in a burning, molten mass into the concrete containment structure. If the structure is sound, it could contain the mass, if it has been structurally damaged, then it, too, could breech and we would have a massive, radioactive release." 
"The best case at this point would still be the worst incident since Chernobyl," he noted.
About 27,000 liters of water, including water stored for firefighting, was being pumped into the reactor via makeshift pumps and other means in order to raise the water level above the reactor's nuclear fuel, NISA said.

Japan government continued to voluntary requested residents around the plant to "calmly" evacuate, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. An evacuation order for a 10-kilometer radius around the plant had been issued earlier.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant was one of two run by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. whose cooling systems were damaged in the earthquake and tsunami. At least two reactors at the plant and three at the nearby Fukushima Daini plant had damaged cooling systems. 

At least 1,000 people are presumed dead from Friday's massive 8.9 earthquake, most drowned by the wall of water that swept across the northeast coast of the island nation.    

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