22 Mar '11, 2am

Restoring the Fukushima nuclear plant cooling systems could take 'days or weeks'

Restoring the Fukushima nuclear plant cooling systems could take 'days or weeks'

Workers in radiation protection suits exchange instructions before they start radiation screening in Fukushima prefecture. -- PHOTO: AFP FUKUSHIMA (Japan) - OFFICIALS are racing to restore electricity to Japan's leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job. Restoring the power to all six units at the tsunami-damaged complex is key, because it will, in theory, drive the maze of motors, valves and switches that help deliver cooling water to the overheated reactor cores and spent fuel pools that are leaking radiation. Ideally, officials believe it should only take a day to get the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear under control once the cooling systems are up and running. But it could take days or weeks to get those systems...

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