Fukushima reactor cooling system back on

2013-04-05 13:07
Aerial view of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Jiji Press/ AFP)

Aerial view of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Jiji Press/ AFP)

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Tokyo - The cooling system for the spent fuel storage at one of the reactors of Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has started working again after a stoppage, a news report said on Friday.

An alarm went off at 2:27 pm (0527 GMT) indicating a problem with electrical equipment in reactor number 3, Kyodo News agency quoted the Nuclear Regulation Authority as saying.

The cooling system was restarted some two hours later, it said.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the plant's six were severely damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which cut off the cooling to the main reactor cores, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said that no leaks were confirmed.

On 20 March, the cooling was interrupted for a day to the spent rod storage at reactors 1, 3 and 4. The fault was tracked down to a switchboard, which may have been damaged by a rat, Tepco said.

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