Temperature spikes in No. 4 fuel pool after pump burns — Backup also breaks

Published: June 6th, 2012 at 8:53 am ET
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TEPCO resumes cooling of Fukushima fuel pool
NHK
Jun. 6, 2012 – Updated 10:52 UTC (19:52 JST)

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The pump at the Number 4 reactor building pool stopped working on Monday night after becoming burnt.

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Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, used a backup pump, but on Tuesday, it also broke.

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TEPCO says the pool’s temperature at 11 AM on Wednesday was 40 degrees Celsius, up six degrees from a day before. As of 5 PM, the temperature had risen to 42 degrees.

TEPCO expects the temperature to fall by about 10 degrees over next 12 to 24 hours.

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But experts say they’re worried about the pool’s anti-earthquake resistance despite ongoing reinforcement

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From yesterday: Tepco: 'Burnt area' on Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 secondary cooling pump (PHOTOS)

Published: June 6th, 2012 at 8:53 am ET
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