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SOMA, Japan (AP) Japan ordered emergency workers to withdraw from its strickennuclear complex Wednesday amid a surge in radiation, temporarilysuspending efforts to cool the overheating reactors. Hours later,officials said they were preparing to send the team back in.
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Units 4, 5 and 6 were shut at the time of the quake, but evenoffline reactors have nuclear fuel either inside the reactors orin storage ponds that need to be kept cool.
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Later, an official with Tokyo Electric Power, which operates theplant, said the team had withdrawn about 500 yards (meters) fromthe complex, but were getting ready to go back in.
Radiation levels had gone down by later Wednesday, but it wasnot immediately clear if the workers had been allowed back in, orhow far away they had withdrawn. The workers at the forefront ofthe fight a core team of about 180 had been regularly rotatedin and out of the danger zone to minimize their radiationexposure.
Days after Friday's twin disasters, millions of people werestruggling along the coast with little food, water or heat, andalready chilly temperatures turned to snow in many areas. Up to450,000 people are staying in temporary shelters, often sleeping onthe floor of school gymnasiums.
The nuclear crisis has triggered international alarm and partlyovershadowed the human tragedy caused by Friday's 9.0 magnitudeearthquake and the subsequent tsunami, a blast of black seawaterthat pulverized Japan's northeastern coastline. The quake was oneof the strongest recorded in history.
In the city of Fukushima, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) inlandfrom the nuclear complex, hundreds of harried government workers,police officers and others struggled to stay on top of thesituation in a makeshift command center.
Meanwhile, officials in Ibaraki prefecture, just south ofFukushima, said radiation levels were about 300 times normal levelsby late morning. While those levels are unhealthy for prolongedperiods, they are far from fatal.
In an extremely rare address to the nation, Emperor Akihitoexpressed his condolences and urged Japan not to give up.
"The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plantnow," he said Wednesday morning, as smoke billowed above thecrippled Fukushima Dai ichi nuclear complex. "Because of theradiation risk we are on standby."
Later Wednesday, national broadcaster NHK showed militaryhelicopters lifting off to survey radiation levels above thecomplex, preparing to dump water onto the most troubled reactors ina desperate effort to cool them down.
John Price, an Australia based nuclear safety expert, said hewas surprised by how little information the Japanese weresharing.
More than 11,000 people are officially listed as dead ormissing, and most officials believe the final death toll will bewell over 10,000 people.
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"We don't know even the fundamentals of what's happening, what'swrong, what isn't working. We're all guessing," he said. "I wouldhave thought they would put on a panel of experts every twohours."
Edano said the government expects to
"It is important that each of us shares the difficult days thatlie ahead," said Akihito, 77, a figure deeply respected across thecountry. The tsunamiknocked out the backup diesel generators needed to keep nuclearfuel cool, setting off the atomic crisis.
The government has ordered some 140,000 people in the vicinityto stay indoors. A little radiation was also detected in Tokyo,triggering panic buying of food and water.
result of arelease of pressure that had built up in the complex's Unit 2reactor, officials said. Steam and pressure build up in thereactors as workers try to cool the fuel rods, leading tocontrolled pressure releases through vents as well asuncontrolled explosions.
"It's not so simple that everything will be resolved by pouringin water. We are trying to avoid creating other problems," hesaid.
But Edano has already warned that may not work.
Japan abandons stricken nuke plant over radiation
Given the radiation levels, he saw few health risks for thegeneral public so far, though he was concerned for the workers, whohe said were almost certainly working in full body suits andbreathing through respirators.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers, who hadbeen dousing the reactors with seawater in a frantic effort tostabilize their temperatures, had no Hermes Evelyne Bag Etain choice but to pull back fromthe most dangerous areas.
An entire floor of one of the prefecture's office buildings hadbeen taken over by people tracking evacuations, power needs, deathtolls and food supplies.
In one room, uniformed soldiers evaluated radiation readings onmaps posted across a wall. In another, senior officials were inmeetings throughout the day, while nuclear power Prada Nylon Bag Collection 2015
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