Electricity has been restored to three reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant - this should allow the use of on-site water pumps soon...
"There have been some positive developments in the last 24 hours but overall the situation remains very serious," said Graham Andrew, a senior IAEA official.
"We consider that now we have come to a situation where we are very close to getting the situation under control," Deputy Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama said.
And just a few moments ago, came this...
Of course, even with this good news, the situation is not yet over.
*SIGH* or not.
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.
[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]