Skip to comments.Japan Update: Cooling Resumed at Reactors 4 & 5 at Fukushima (Some good news for a change - maybe)
Posted on 03/18/2011 9:33:04 PM PDT by Errant
TOKYO (MNI) - Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has succeeded Saturday in restarting an emergency diesel generator and resuming the cooling functions in Reactors 4 and 5 in its Fukushima nuclear power facility as work continued to bring power to the other reactors.
Reactors 4 and 5 at the plant are set away from the other four reactors, which sustained the most damage in the massive quake and tsunamis on March 11.
Meanwhile, workers have succeeded in attaching a power cable to the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant and are now working inside to ensure success when they switch on desperately needed cooling machinery.
"TEPCO has connected the external transmission line with the receiving point of the plant and confirmed that electricity can be supplied," the plant's operation, TEPCO said.
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Good! I hope they can get the temperatures down quickly.
Hooray for these Japanese heroes! I hope that they can finish before the radiation does them serious harm.
I honestly don't know if it is a case of some people sensationalizing events for their own gain or just not being made of "sterner stuff" as grand-dad used to say.
I just hope Dai Ichi San is controlled, that is where the worst carp is. Reactors come, reactors go, but the ones with the spent rods are the ones to sweat at this juncture.
Cool pool, go down in temps #3.
There are some bona fide heroes in Japan tonight.
Well done, gentlemen, well done.
And thank you Lord for helping them do the impossible.
It would be about time these guys catch a break.
Yes, I had not realized how much heat is generated by the “spent” rods. And I wonder how long they have to be kept in a cooling pool.
May God be with them! Night Y’all ...
I think it's a combination of the factors you mentioned plus just plain old mark 1 ignorance. People tend to be naturally afraid of 'hidden dangers' they don't understand.
I could be wrong but I think that the writer must of meant power to reactors 5 and 6, since they are the ones that are set away from reactors 1,2,3,4 which are all in the same area.
Yes, I also think the writer meant reactors 5 and 6. That area must be where they got an emergency generator re-started.
My God! Giant mutated goldfish! Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
“...that is where the worst carp is.”
Probably three eyed carp by now!
God watch over all the workers, the Japanese people, their pets and Japan.
I wondered about the spent fuel rods. Something was
said about them being on the roof of one of the buildings and I thought that rather odd. It seems to me that spent fuel rods would ordinarily be kept separated from each other to prevent an ongoing chain reaction. With that in mind, I wonder if the action of the quake caused them to come in close proximity to each other and started an unwanted reaction. Can anyone shed a little light on this.
What are the chances they’ll get any of those reactors working again anytime soon?
I hope they are not harmed too, but obviously that is not their main concern.