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.
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.