BRAVE workers were yesterday evacuated from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant after a plume of thick grey smoke was seen billowing from a reactor.

All work at the power plant was suspended so that the cause of the smoke – seen coming from reactor three – could be investigated.

Meanwhile, local children were being tested for signs of radiation sickness by doctors at a centre in Yonezawa, 61 miles away. They included schoolboy Yuya Sato, pictured above, who fortunately did not show any harmful levels of radiation.

A joint task force set up between the government and the Tokyo Electric Company, which owns the site, was yesterday trying to establish the cause of the smoke. Its spokesman said: “The operator ­temporarily pulled out workers, while checking on the condition of the site.”

The alarm comes after all six ­reactors were reconnected to the power supply.

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