19 Jun '11, 6am

TEPCO to open second Fukushima reactor building

TOKYO: Tokyo Electric Power Co. Sunday said it would open a second reactor building at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant to send repair crews inside for the first time since it was crippled. Of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, reactors one to four were heavily damaged by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami on March 11. Last month, TEPCO opened a door for the structure housing reactor number one, and began work to build a system to cool it stably. Junichi Matsumoto, TEPCO's nuclear official said the entrance to the reactor number two building would slowly be opened from Sunday evening "to make sure dust inside the building will not fly away". "We believe this action should result in no impact to the environment," he said, adding that it should lower the 99.9-percent humidity inside the building. Workers will then enter the facility to ch...

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