Worker at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant Dies in Mudslide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TOKYO (AP) A mudslide at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) nuclear plant has killed a worker there today.

Tokyo Electric Power says the man had been carrying out what is similar to regular construction work in a hole in the ground when mud and pieces of concrete collapsed on him. He was dug out and rushed to a hospital, but he was unconscious and his heart had stopped beating.

Three reactors went into meltdown and exploded after a tsunami damaged the plant's cooling system in the March, 2011.

Thousands of workers, wearing masks and suits to guard against radiation, are working on the cleanup and decommissioning, which is expected to take decades.

Workers have collapsed from heat and ailments, but this was the first fatal accident involving a plant employee since two workers went missing after the tsunami hit the plant.

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