29 May '11, 5am

Completely new/different reactor (No. 5) came within 7 degrees of boiling after a pump failure this weekend. Scary.

TOKYO: Emergency workers on Sunday restored the cooling system of a reactor which had come to a halt after escaping major damage from the March 11 quake and damage at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. The water pump to cool the reactor and the pool for spent nuclear fuel at the facility's No. 5 unit was found to be at a standstill late Saturday, the plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said. The work began at 8:00 am Sunday (2300 GMT Saturday) to replace the pump and it was completed in four and a half hours. "There was a motor problem in the pump and we replaced it with a backup pump which is operating now," TEPCO official Ryoko Sakai said. The temperature of water in the reactor, which was 68 degrees Celsius when the trouble was found, reached 93.7 degrees Celsius before the backup pump was activated, the official said. The 9.0-magnitude quake and ...

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