NY Daily News: According to Kyodo News, a commission appointed by Japan’s parliament suggests that the crucial cooling pipes needed to keep nuclear reactors at a safe level were damaged in the quake.
NHK WORLD: Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority is studying the detailed causes of the 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. [...] The group then discussed the unexplained water leak that occurred in the No.1 reactor building immediately after the quake. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, has said that water from the pool for spent fuel trickled down through the air conditioning system. The experts at the meeting called for further study on whether the cooling system was disabled by the quake, and whether the air conditioning system was damaged by the quake itself or by pressure from the leaked water.
Kyodo News: The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Wednesday to investigate more thoroughly whether key safety equipment for one of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant sustained damage before the complex was hit by a tsunami in March 2011. [...] another commission appointed by parliament suggested that the quake may have damaged piping for an emergency cooling system, called an isolation condenser, at the No. 1 unit. The report said several workers on the fourth floor of the No. 1 reactor building at the time of the earthquake witnessed a water leak on the same floor, which houses two large tanks for the isolation condenser and the piping for the equipment. [...]
Published: May 2nd, 2013 at 7:29 pm ET
- URGENT: Emergency at Fukushima after major M7.4 quake — Workers evacuated as tsunami hits nuke plants — Public told “Please Flee Immediately” — “Cooling systems at reactor FAILED… Fears nuclear waste may leak” — Prime Minister: We must grasp extent of damage — Officials warn of more powerful quakes (VIDEOS) November 21, 2016
- Fox News: “Leak at Fukushima nuclear plant threatens dangerous meltdown… Trouble is looming” — Officials: “No idea when it can resume cooling system for spent fuel pool” (PHOTOS) July 7, 2014
- Kyodo: Alarm sounds at Fukushima plant, Unit 4 cooling system stops (VIDEO) February 24, 2014
- NHK: Another fuel pool loses cooling system at Fukushima Daiichi — CBC: May take days to repair March 18, 2013
- Crucial cooling systems restored, Tepco says — Local official: “We don’t believe Fukushima disaster is under control” — NYT: “Impossible to independently assess conditions at plant” March 19, 2013