March 14, 2011 / 10:06 PM / in 9 years

Japan's Edano: damage seen at Fukushima No.2 reactor

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday that some damage has been detected at the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi No.2 nuclear reactor in northern Japan, but that no sharp increase in radiation levels has been seen.

The damage was found in the suppression pool, which is attached to the No.2 reactor’s containment vessel at the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference.

Edano said the suppression pool is used to turn vapour into water, but did not elaborate further on the damage.

A massive earthquake and tsunami on Friday crippled cooling functions of the nuclear complex, forcing the operator to put sea water into the reactors and release radioactive air into atmosphere to reduce heat and pressure inside. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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