TEPCO admits No. 1 and No. 2 reactors suffered more damage than originally believed

Published: March 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 pm ET
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Power restored to Japanese reactor’s control room, officials say, CNN, March 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm EDT:

… Earlier Tuesday, Tokyo Electric Vice President Sakae Muto said the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the plant suffered more damage from seawater than originally believed and will take more time to repair.

The tsunami that followed the 9.0-magnitude earthquake March 11 damaged electrical components and coolant pumps in units No. 1 and 2. Those are two of the three units now believed to have suffered damage to their reactor cores, Muto said.

Reactor No. 2 suffered more damage than No. 1, and the earliest those parts can be replaced is Wednesday, Muto said. The cause of the damage was unclear, but seawater was pumped in previously to cool the reactors as an emergency measure after the earthquake.

Reactors No. 3 and 4 were still being evaluated to determine which parts need repair or replacement, he said, adding that restoring lighting and air conditioning was a priority so crews can work from inside and gather further data. …

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Published: March 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 pm ET
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2 comments to TEPCO admits No. 1 and No. 2 reactors suffered more damage than originally believed

  • xdrfox

    They said last week when they started to pump sea/salt water in/on these things that it would make them totally unusable again ?

  • Afu

    Correct,
    The plant is dead.
    Salt may become one more problem as it is likely to corrode or deposit here and there, causing new problems.