Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fire at Japanese nuclear plant is now controlled Fukushima

.- A fire broke out today in a building near the reactor 4 of the nuclear (NE), but it has been extinguished, reported Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO). In the area there has been no change in radiation levels nor injured, said TEPCO, which operates the plant in Fukushima Daiichi. The fire was spotted by a worker at 6.38 am (21.38 GMT Monday) in a building near the sea water outlet of reactor number 4.

According to TEPCO, the operator detected smoke in the place where the test samples of water south of the plant and immediately alerted fire fighters work at the facility, which quelled the fire. The power company is still investigating the cause of the fire, which could start in an area of batteries and generators.

Although the reactor was not operating at the time of the March 11 earthquake shook the entire northeast Japan is one of the most affected due to the absence of refrigeration systems after the tsunami disrupted the pools containing the spent fuel . The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has been leaking radioactive material damage caused to four of six reactors, which have to be cooled by injecting water to avoid melting of fuel rods.

Yesterday, due to a replica of a magnitude of 7 degrees on the Richter scale pumping systems for reactors 1, 2 and 3 were suspended for about 50 minutes, after which it resumed this critical function. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale struck Tuesday near the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, east of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japanese news agency Kyodo said that there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage caused by the earthquake, and it was not issued any tsunami warning. Tracks Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, were temporarily closed for review after the quake, airport officials said.

The earthquake's epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, the agency said.

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