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