Alarm sounds at newly restarted Japan nuclear plant: Warning that “water level in tank fell at least 10 cm” from normal — More water injected ‘just in case’ — Officials apologize for delayed disclosure (VIDEO)

Published: June 20th, 2012 at 2:27 pm ET
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Alarm goes off at Oi nuclear plant, 1st trouble since restart decided
Kyodo News
June 20, 2012

An alarm went off Tuesday night at the No. 3 reactor of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, indicating a minor problem, the plant operator and the government said Wednesday during preparations to reboot the reactor. 

It was the first sign of trouble since the government decided Saturday to restart the plant’s Nos. 3 and 4 units [...]

Delayed disclosure at Ohi plant
NHK
June 20, 2012

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Kansai Electric Power Company said on Wednesday that the alarm suggested the water level had fallen in a tank used to cool an electric power generator at its No.3 reactor.

The firm says workers who examined the tank found no leaks but that the water level was about 5 centimeters lower than usual.

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the disclosure of Tuesday’s incident came about 13 hours after the alarm went off.

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Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency official Yasushi Morishita apologized at a news conference, saying his lapse in judgment caused the delayed disclosure.

(Update) Alarm Rings at Oi N-Reactor during Restart Work
Jiji Press
June 20, 2012

An alarm rang at the idled No. 3 reactor of the Oi nuclear power plant in central Japan on Tuesday night, warning of falling water levels in a cooling water tank for the reactor’s power generator, the plant’s operator said Wednesday. 

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The alarm went off at around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday (12:50 p.m. GMT), warning that the water level in the tank fell at least 10 centimeters from the standard level, according to Kansai Electric and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

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The alarm rang due to temporary changes in the water level, Kansai Electric officials said. Some more water will be injected into the tank just in case, the officials said.

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