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Monday, March 21, 2011

Disaster in Japan Live Blog: March 21

Live updates from Al-Jazeera :

" (All times are local in Japan GMT+9)

Working in suits sealed by duct tape, engineers have connected power cables to the No. 2, 5 and 6 reactors and plan to start testing systems soon, officials say.

The most badly damaged reactors are No. 3 and 4, which were both hit by explosions last week. If the pumps cannot restart, drastic and lengthy measures may be needed like burying the plant in sand and concrete.

Japan's nuclear safety agency says that power has been restored to No. 5 and No. 6 reactors from the grid.

Pressure is rising in the No.3 reactor and workers there are considering whether to release pressure by "venting", Japan's nuclear safety agency said.

Meanwhile, engineers say they may regain some functions in the control room of reactor No. 2."

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