Title: Fukushima Power Failure Disrupts Water Flow for Spent Fuel Pools
Author: Jacob Adelman & Ichiro Suzuki
Date: March 18, 2013 at 9:55p ET
A power failure at Japan’s tsunami- damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant left three of the station’s spent fuel pools without fresh cooling water [...]
Higher temperatures will increase radiation levels somewhat, though they won’t get high enough to require immediate evacuations, Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer at Burlington, Vermont-based consultant Fairewinds Associates Inc., said in a telephone interview.
Crews probably have four days to five days to restore power before pools reach levels beyond the controlled state known as cold shutdown, after which fire hoses can be used to continue cooling, Gundersen said. [...]
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Published: March 18th, 2013 at 10:46 pm ET