Nuclear plant explosion releases radiation, raises meltdown fears following earthquake. (VIDEO)

Nuclear plant explosion releases radiation, raises meltdown fears following earthquake. (VIDEO)

Nuclear plant explosion releases radiation, raises meltdown fears following earthquake. (VIDEO)

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March 12 2011 10:39 AM

Japan Nuclear Plant Explosion

Nuclear plant explosion releases radiation, raises meltdown fears following earthquake.

An explosion at a nuclear power station about 160 miles north of Tokyo Saturday tore down the walls of one building and caused a radiation leak of unknown proportions.

Japanese officials expanded the evacuation zone to a 12-mile radius around the plant, as they worked to try to cool the reactor with seawater.