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In this video image taken from NTV Japan via APTN, smoke rises Saturday from Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. The walls of a building at the nuclear power station crumbled Saturday as smoke poured out, and Japanese officials said they feared the reactor could melt down following the failure of its cooling system in a powerful earthquake and tsunami. AP Photo/NTV Japan via APTN

Explosion at Japan nuke plant, disaster toll rises

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IWAKI, Japan -- An explosion at a nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor, but a radiation leak was decreasing despite fears of a meltdown from damage caused by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

Government spokesman Yukio Edano said the explosion destroyed the exterior walls of the building where the reactor is placed, but not the actual metal housing enveloping the reactor.

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