Officials were concerned injecting seawater may cause a sustaining chain reaction or re-criticality

Published: May 19th, 2012 at 5:34 am ET
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AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 18, 2012

As an example of the poor communications, Kaieda said he told TEPCO to pump seawater into the reactors to cool them on March 12, 2011. But the government decided to reconsider the plan after Kan said the nuclear fuel may again reach a sustaining chain reaction.

From May 18 Nikkei Shinbun article translated by EXSKF:

About injecting seawater into the reactors to cool, Kaieda said Mr. Kan expressed his concern that injecting seawater might cause re-criticality.

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