Hydrogen blast at damaged nuclear plant
Monday, March 14, 2022 1:46 AM

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The explosion in the plant in Fukushima prefecture was reported to the government's nuclear safety agency by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (OOTC:TKECY) , Kyodo News said.

The explosion at the plant's No. 3 reactor forced the government to ask about 600 residents within a 20-kilometer, or 12.5-mile radius, to remain indoors.

The nuclear plant shut down after the quake hit last Friday but because of the loss of cooling functions since then, the cores at the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors have been melting, the report said.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters Tokyo Electric informed Monday's explosion shortly after 11 a.m., however, did not damage the reactor container, thus ruling out any major radioactive release.

Those injured were reported to have suffered bruises, Kyodo said.

"According to the plant chief's assessment, the container's health has been maintained," Edano was quoted as telling reporters.

The explosion was similar to the one that occurred at the same plant Saturday, a day after the 9.0-magnitude quake and killer tsunami tidal waves.

Edano said seawater was being poured to cool down the reactor and the pressure in the reactor container was stable.

There have also been intermittent spells when the radiation levels at the plant exceeded the legal limit of 500 micro sievert per hour, the report said.

Separately, in Tokyo, officials were monitoring radiation levels in the metropolis, the report said.

(Source: UPI )
(Source: Quotemedia)
 

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