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Stronger nuclear safety standards needed: IAEA chief

By Sylvia Westall and Fredrik Dahl

VIENNA | Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:16pm EDT

VIENNA (Reuters) - International nuclear safety standards will need to be strengthened after the crisis at a Japanese atomic power plant triggered by an earthquake and tsunami, the U.N. nuclear agency chief said on Monday.

Japan's nuclear situation remained very serious and high levels of radioactivity had been detected in the area of the plant, but there was no doubt it would "effectively overcome" the crisis, Amano said.

He spoke after engineers managed to rig power cables to all six reactors at the Fukushima complex and started a water pump at one of them to reverse the overheating that has triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

Some workers were later evacuated from one of the most badly damaged reactors when smoke briefly rose from the site.

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