Japan Disaster: UK team joins quake rescue efforts

A team of UK search and rescue specialists and medics is due to join the massive relief mission in tsunami-ravaged Japan amid the continuing threat of a catastrophic nuclear meltdown.

At least 1,300 people are believed to have been killed by the wall of water, but thousands more are missing – including 10,000 from the Japanese coastal town of Minamisanriku.

Strong aftershocks have rocked the north-east area of the island nation, with one measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale striking on Sunday morning, further hindering the multi-national rescue effort.

Meanwhile, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said the cooling system of a third nuclear reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant had failed, with experts constantly monitoring levels of radioactivity in the quarantined area.

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