Monday, March 18, 2013

Crucial System fails at Japan's Fukushima - Blackout/Cooling in Fuel Pools Stopped

CBC News - Crucial system fails at Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plant

 

BLACK MONDAY: Just In - Blackout at Fukushima Daiichi — Cooling at fuel pools stopped

March 18, 2013 report from Kyodo News with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

Power blackout took place in Fukushima plant. The coolant system of the spent fuel pools in reactor1, 3, 4 are stopped.

Note from RC: This has happened a few times previously, sfp will slowly increase in temp, no need to worry unless this drags on for a few days. We will post updates.

http://enenews.com/kyodo-blackout-at-fukushima-daiichi-cooling-at-fuel-pools-stopped

Crucial system fails at Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plant

Workers at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant scrambling to fix broken cooling system in 3 reactors

Posted: Mar 18, 2013 12:48 PM ET

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2013 1:18 PM ET

The Tokyo Electric Power Company is working to fix a problem with the cooling system in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company is working to fix a problem with the cooling system in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

Workers at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are trying to fix a crucial part of the plant that stopped working today.
The system that cools hundreds of spent fuel rods that are stored at the facility has stopped working, which could have dangerous consequences, CBC News producer Craig Dale has learned.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company confirmed that it had a partial power failure Monday evening and then discovered the problem with an electricity supply unit.
Currently the cooling systems in reactors one, three and four are not operational and representatives from TEPCO are unsure how to fix them.
However TEPCO says it should have a solution within a few days and that the fuel rods stored in the pools will remain safe for at least four days without fresh cooling water
The disabled plant was seriously damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, which destroyed the plant's power and cooling systems.
Three reactor cores melted and fuel storage pools overheated because of this. The plant is now using makeshift systems.

With files from CBC's Craig Dale and the Associated Press
 
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