Title: TEPCO: Just 60cm of water in Fukushima reactor
Source: NHK World
Date: March 26, 2012 at 21:40 JST
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has found that the cooling water in one of the damaged reactors at Fukushima is only 60 centimeters deep, far lower than previously thought. [...]
TEPCO had thought that the water level was about 3 meters [9.84 feet]. [...]
[...] indicates that the water continues to leak into the reactor building through the suppression chambers under the vessel.
The utility argues that the fuel is still being cooled [...]
But the low level suggests that decommissioning the reactor could be much more difficult. The operator may need to repair more parts of the containment vessel so it can be filled with water to block the strong radiation. [...]
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Title: Water level of Fukushima No. 2 reactor only 60 cm above bottom
Date: March 26
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday found that the water filling the No. 2 reactor’s primary containment vessel is only 60 centimeters above the bottom when it checked the interior of the crippled reactor using an endoscope.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Junichi Matsumoto [...] acknowledged that the lower-than-expected water level suggests that a large part of the injected water is leaking from the vessel. [...]
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Published: March 26th, 2012 at 12:48 pm ET