Japan’s international broadcasting service NHK reports that steam is rising from 4 reactors in the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. While No. 2, 3 and 4 (on Wednesday black smoke was seen emerging from No. 3 reactor building above a pool storing spent nuclear rods, spurring the temporary evacuation of workers) have all issued smoke or steam at some point in the past, it is now reactor 1’s turn.
From NHK: An NHK helicopter crew has confirmed what appears to be steam rising from No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 reactor buildings at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
This is the first time that steam has been seen coming out of the No.1 reactor.
The helicopter crew was filming from a location more than 30 kilometers from the plant shortly before 7:00 AM on Thursday.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company says that black smoke seen rising from the No.3 reactor building on Wednesday was no longer visible as of 6:00 AM Thursday.