March 16, 2011 / 1:12 AM / in 7 years

White smoke seen billowing from Japan power plant

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) - Japanese television pictures showed white smoke billowing from a quake-crippled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan on Wednesday.

Japan was trying to avert a catastrophe after fire broke out at the plant that has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and triggering growing international alarm.

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