Worker at Fukushima plant in Japan turns off cooling pumps by accident

Worker at Fukushima plant in Japan turns off cooling pumps by accident

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The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has been facing plenty of controversies in recent times. On October 7, 2013, the operator of the plant said that pumps which are used in order to inject water to cool impaired reactors were experiencing a power failure. However, the plant managed to provide a backup system, which started working right away.

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The country's Nuclear Regulation Authority said that a worker performing system inspections accidentally pushed a button, which turned off power to some of the systems at the Fukushima plant's four reactor buildings.

The devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March 2011 damaged the reactors significantly, after which the plant operator – Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) – poured hundreds of tons of water every day over the reactors in order to keep them cool. The natural disaster also initiated meltdowns and hydrogen explosions at the Fukushima plant.

The utility stated that water was being poured into the No. 1 , No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and the pools which store spent fuel rods were being cooled as well. Meanwhile, TEPCO is trying to store huge amounts of contaminated water at the site and is making plans for a complex decommission, which will most likely take decades to complete.

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