Monday 30 January 2012


Frozen water causes leakages at Fukushima nuclear power plant

30 Janaury, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Sunday that cooling operations at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were suspended for a short time due to water leakages.

TEPCO said leakages were found at 14 locations, including the cooling system for the spent fuel pool at the No. 4 reactor, NTV reported. Cooling operations were suspended for 100 minutes on Sunday morning. Leakages were also found at the pump that sends water to the reactor cooling system.

A TEPCO spokesman said it is likely that the leakages were caused by frozen water overnight on Saturday. The Japan Meteorological Agency said temperatures on Saturday night and early Sunday in the area fell to minus 5 degrees, NTV report.

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