Japans New Power Line Almost Ready – May Cool Reactors

Tokyo Electric Power says their new power line is almost ready for service and could restore electric cooling systems in their crippled Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant where the fuel rods are sitting hot and angry and without cooling power. Update: If you are looking for information on the April 7th, 2011 earthquake 7.4 magnitude in the Honshu area, I have ongoing updates here.

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Yahoo News:

Meanwhile, conditions at the plant appeared to worsen Wednesday, with white smoke pouring from the reactor complex and a dangerous surge in radiation levels forcing workers to retreat for hours from their struggle to cool the overheating reactors.

The new line would revive electric-powered pumps, allowing the company to maintain a steady water supply to troubled reactors and spent fuel storage ponds, keeping them cool. The company is also trying to repair its existing disabled power line.

The 180 emergency workers have been working in shifts to manually pump seawater into the reactors because last week’s earthquake and tsunami disabled main and backup power for electric-powered cooling pumps.

  • These workers are beyond brave to go in there like that

    I was just watched a Soviet documentary film on Chernobyl, all the emergency workers there were dead within a year, including a documentarian who filmed the repairs- his camera had to be buried with him, seeing that it was hopelessly radioactive after a few days on the site.