21 Mar '11, 5am

All six reactor pools below boiling point, as cooling efforts show signs of working

FUKUSHIMA - Workers raced to repair damaged reactors while temperatures at all six spent fuel storage pools at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear complex are below the boiling point, indicating that dousing efforts to cool the used fuel rods at the reactors may be working. Using a helicopter outfitted with infrared equipment, officials determined that the pools atop the plant's six reactors were below 100°C, Japan Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said last night. "I think with each passing hour, each passing day, things are more under control," United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Fox News Sunday. "And so, step by step, they are making very good progress." Nuclear industry regulators in Japan and the US said one of the greatest risks at Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years, is that the storage pools may have been damaged in the 9.0-magnitude March 11...

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