AFP: Fukushima nuclear reactor spews steam, Japanese operator clueless about cause — Time: Scientists have not yet explained why it would start appearing

Published: September 13th, 2013 at 3:34 pm ET
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AFP, Sept. 13, 2013: Fukushima nuke plant spews vapor, Japanese operator clueless about cause [...] Vapor has begun rising again from a reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, more than two-and-a-half years after its core melted down, the site’s Japanese operator said. Tokyo Electric Power said it believed the steam was coming from a puddle sitting atop the reactor, but has not been able to clarify why. [...] The steam appeared as TEPCO found more evidence that radioactive waste water at the plant was contaminating groundwater on its way to the sea. [...]

Time, Sept. 13, 2013: Steam Spotted at Fukushima Nuclear Reactor [...] More than two-and-a-half years after the plant’s core melted down in the wake of the devastating March 11, 2011, tsunami, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says steam has been spotted rising from a puddle sitting atop the reactor. TEPCO insists the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remains stable, with nearby sensors showing no increase in levels of radiation. However, scientists have not yet explained why steam would started [sic] appearing intermittently since July. [...]

See also: Fukushima Unit No. 3 steaming -- Lasted more than four hours today -- Observed 'intermittently' over past 13 days

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