Japan has restored power to a crippled nuclear reactor in its race to avert disaster at the Fukushima site.
Three hundred engineers have been struggling inside the danger zone to salvage the plant in the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.
“I think the situation is improving step by step,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama told a news conference.
At the nuclear plant, workers braving high radiation levels in suits sealed in duct tape managed to connect power to the No. 2 reactor, crucial to their attempts to cool it down and limit the leak of deadly radiation.
Officials at plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said the workers aimed to restore the control room function, lights and the cooling at the No. 1 reactor, which is connected to the No.2 reactor by cable.