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Crippled Japanese nuke plant shows positive development: IAEA

March 24, 2011 - Tokyo

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said there are some positive developments related to the availability of electrical power supply to Japan' s stricken nuclear power plant.

The agency also said that despite these positive signs the overall situation remains of serious concern.

A senior IAEA official Graham Andrew, told that the electrical power has been restored to some instrumentation in all units except Unit 3 at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

"As a positive development, instrumentation, as it becomes available, is providing more data that can be assessed by experts, " The Xinhua quoted Andrew, as saying.

However, he said pressure readings in Unit 2 are less reliable, and only limited data is available concerning the reactor pressure vessel and reactor containment vessels' integrity of this unit.

Temperature readings in the reactor pressure vessels of Units 1 and 3 were high and of some concern, he added.

Andrew said the second IAEA monitoring team has arrived in Japan to strengthen existing team.

Regarding the contaminated seawaters near the Fukushima plant, Andrew said IAEA experts from the agency's Marine Environment Laboratory, Monaco, would assess monitoring data from Japanese authorities.apanese officials will continue to provide IAEA with information about the presence of radioactivity in milk, drinking water and vegetables in some areas.


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