(TOKYO) -- Workers have been evacuated after black smoke was seen emerging from Unit 3 of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, Tokyo's utility company said Wednesday.
"Black steam is coming from reactor number 3," said a company spokesman through an NHK TV translator. "We don't know the details but to be doubly sure of the safety of the operators, operating workers have been evacuated."
Operators of the power station have been desperately trying to cool the reactors and spent fuel pools at the plant after it was damaged by this month's tsunami, which knocked out power to the cooling systems.
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