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Japanese nuclear plants damaged by earthquake

At least 1,700 people are now believed to have been killed in Japan's earthquake and tsunami, but the final figure is likely to be much higher.

As Japan attempted to assess the full extent of the devastation, the nation faced an atomic emergency as cooling systems damaged by the quake failed at two nuclear reactors.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on the day's developments.

  • 12 Mar 2011
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