LA man stranded but safe after Japan earthquake

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Pineville, La., resident Janie Eudy said her husband, Danny, was working in northern Japan at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant where a reactor cooling system failed after the earthquake struck on Friday.

He called her several hours later to tell her he survived but was stranded with other American plant workers after a harrowing evacuation.

Japanese authorities planned to release slightly radioactive vapor to ease pressure in the reactor, but said there should be no health risk.

Danny Eudy, 52, a technician with Pasadena, Texas-based Atlantic Plant Maintenance, told his wife he was working in the plant when the quake hit. Janie Eudy said her husband had been scheduled to return to the United States on Saturday. His travel plans are now uncertain.

Hundreds were dead or missing after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

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