FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) - A plant spokesman says workers have been evacuated from Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear complex after gray smoke was seen rising from one of its reactors.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said the company was investigating after the smoke was seen rising from the spent fuel storage pool of Unit 3.
Plant officials have been battling to cool reactors and spent fuel pools to bring the radiation-leaking plant under control after it was damaged in the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan.
Police officials estimate that the toll from the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami will exceed 18,000 deaths.
And the World Bank says Japan may need five years to rebuild from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that has caused up to $235 billion of damage.