- Reactor cooling equipment fails at TEPCO
Tokyo Electric said an equipment failure has made it impossible to cool two reactors at the Fukushima Number One plant.
The firm says it does not have enough electric power to cool the reactors, which automatically stopped operating when the quake struck.
The government has taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of nearby residents. But it says that the residents should remain calm, and that currently no evacuation is needed.
The power company is sending eight power generators to the site, and the Ground Self Defense Force is sending one more.Source.: NHK World
- Japan to evacuate residents near nuke plant
Japan is issuing an evacuation order to thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant.
Japan's nuclear safety agency says the evacuation order to more than 2,800 people followed the government's declaration at a nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed following a massive earthquake Friday.
The agency says plant workers are currently scrambling to restore cooling water supply at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.Source.: NHK World
- Radiation level rising at Fukushima nuclear plant in quake-hit Japan
- Japanese nuclear reactor in peril
Japanese authorities and the U.S. military on Saturday were racing to find ways to deliver new backup generators or batteries to a nuclear power reactor whose cooling facilities have been crippled by a loss of power caused by the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan Friday afternoon.
- NUKE PLANT: Japan PM Orders Wider Evacuation, As Radiation Levels Hit 1000X Normal
So parts of the other machinery or the coolant system (which uses molten sodium in the hotter parts, water in the rest) may catch fire or burst, but the risk of actual radioactive contamination is minimal at worst.
- Japan Earthquake Puts Nuclear Reactor In Spotlight
Antinuclear activists will surely seize on the earthquake damage to paint the most fearful scenarios. That is too bad because incidents such as this one will surely be used to try to kill nuclear power in America. We suspect the end result will be another success story of how any possible damage was contained inside the containment dome. But by the time the media and the antinuclear activists finish with nightmare scenarios, it probably will not matter. Just like with Three Mile Island.
- Six-mile exclusion zone placed around crippled nuclear reactor as radiation hits 1,000 times safe level
The situation at a Japanese nuclear power plant badly damaged by today's earthquake became critical this evening when radiation rose to 1,000 times the safe level.
Officials were ordering residents within a six-mile radius of the Fukushima No.1 power plant to evacuate immediately as fears that it could explode grew.Source.: dailymail.co.uk
- TEPCO: loses control of pressure at 2nd nuclear plant
Tokyo Electric Power (9501.T) said it had lost its ability to control pressure in some of the reactors of a second nuclear power plant at its quake-hit Fukushima facility in northeastern Japan.
Pressure is stable inside the reactors but rising in the containment vessels, a spokesman said, although he did not know if there would be a need to release pressure at the plant at this point, which would involve a release of radiation.Source.: reuters.com
- Emergencies at 5 nuclear reactors in Japan after quake knocks out power to cooling systems
Japan declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants after the units lost cooling ability in the aftermath of Friday's powerful earthquake. Thousands of residents were evacuated as workers struggled to get the reactors under control to prevent meltdowns.
A single reactor in northeastern Japan had been the focus of much of the concern in the initial hours after the 8.9 magnitude quake, but the government declared new states of emergency at four other reactors in the area Saturday morning.Source.: canadianbusiness.com
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