Niigata radioactive water leak
NHK World reports that Tokyo Electric Power Company will look into the earthquake resistance of its nuclear reactors following a "small" radioactive water leak during Monday's devastating quake.
The focus of the earthquake was only 9 kilometers from the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. The utility says seismometers located under the reactors detected jolts that exceeded their design strength. The company says the quake has caused water from pools containing spent nuclear fuel to spill in all 7 reactors. TEPCO also failed to promptly extinguish a fire from a power transformer at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari has issued a severe warning to Tokyo Electric Power Company for its handling of the earthquake-related incidents. The minister said the utility risked inviting serious public mistrust by failing to quickly report a spill of low-level radioactive water.