Building housing reactor destroyed; Military rescue mounted

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's government spokesman says there's been no increase in radiation around a nuclear power plant after a building housing a reactor was destroyed by an explosion.

The official says the metal container sheltering the reactor was not affected. The spokesman says the radiation and pressure are actually decreasing.

Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami caused the reactor to lose its cooling system and raised fears of a meltdown. Yesterday's double disaster, which pulverized Japan's northeastern coast, has left hundreds dead or missing.

Meanwhile, Japan launched a massive, military-led rescue operation today to the stricken area. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he is sending 50,000 troops following the 8.9-magnitude quake and 23-foot tsunami.

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