23 Apr '11, 4am

Fukushima operator allowed excessive pressure

WASHINGTON: The operator of Japan's nuclear plant let pressure in one reactor climb far beyond the level the facility was designed to withstand, which may have worsened the nuclear accident, The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday. Citing results of its own inquiry, the newspaper said that Japanese rules call for waiting much longer venting the potentially dangerous steam that builds up as reactors overheat. More than 85,000 people are living in emergency shelters after being forced to evacuate from their homes near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The plant, where reactor cooling systems were knocked out, has been hit by a series of explosions and fires, and radiation has leaked into the air, ground and sea in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Following the quake, the pressure...

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