In Japan plant, frantic efforts to avoid meltdown (AP) – 348th Edition

Police officers wearing gas masks patrol in the area of the Fukushima power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, amid fears that a part of the plant could meltdown after being hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami Friday. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Kaname Yoneyama) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORYAP – Inside the troubled nuclear power plant, officials knew the risks were high when they decided to vent radioactive steam from a severely overheated reactor vessel. They knew a hydrogen explosion could occur, and it did. The decision still trumped the worst-case alternative — total nuclear meltdown.

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