Mon Jul 7, 2014 3:49AM GMT
The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
reportedly has only nine days to repair one of its reactors to
prevent dangerous overheating.
Reports say the technicians of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)
switched off the cooling system at the fifth reactor unit of the
plant on Sunday following a water leak there. An investigation by
engineers showed 1,300 liters of water leaked from a cooling system.
“The source of the leak was a 3 mm-diameter hole near a flow valve,”
a TEPCO statement said.
If the system is not repaired in nine days, temperatures will exceed
the dangerous threshold of 65 degrees. Such a temperature would
increase the possibility of dangerous reactions and further
radiation leaks in the plant. (...)