Uh Oh. Nuclear Reactor Still “Alarmingly Hot” After Quake

The US Air Force is delivering a cargo of liquid coolant to the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant – where one of six reactors seriously affected by today’s quake is still alarmingly hot many hours after it was automatically shut down when the quake struck.

Electrical, mechanical and diesel generator failures are said to have combined to deprive the reactor of power for its coolant pumps.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co told Japanese news service Jiji News that pressure in the reactor vessel is rising and that the company intends to “take measures” to release it.

Short Sharp Science: Japan’s quake updated to magnitude 9.0.

Note: New Scientist, which published this article, frequently requires registration.


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