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.

Comments

Pandabonium said…
Interesting article about the damage to the nuke plant on Asia Times:
Japan's nuclear plans in disarray.
Martin J Frid said…
Thanks, seems more details about the damage are forthcoming as well...
Pandabonium said…
Nukes were Japan's plan for coping with peak oil (which they cloak under the guise of limiting CO2). Plan B? There is no plan B. We don't have time to fool around and need to get serious about changing the economy operates. Never ending growth is not possible in a finite system such as Earth.
Martin J Frid said…
"Growth" and "development" are terms that I like, but they seem to be corrupted by industrial needs that I do not care much for. True, growth is not "never ending" and we need a better philosophy to deal with the change we are confronted with. I bet we'll survive, somehow, I just don't want mutations...

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