Monday, February 6, 2012


Temperature Soars Inside Fukushima Reactor

TOKYO - The temperature of a reactor at Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has soared and remained mysteriously high Monday, despite more water being pumped through it.
The facility's No.2 reactor had reached 164 degrees Fahrenheit (73.3 degrees Celsius) by Monday morning, after sitting at 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) on Jan. 27, broadcaster NHK reported.

That was despite Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) officials pumping 9.6 tonnes (10.6 tons) of water through the reactor each hour -- about 10 percent more than before.
Two other thermometers in the reactor are giving readings of 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius), suggesting recent plumbing work might be affecting the water's cooling of the reactor.
TEPCO said in December that all three Fukushima reactors were in cold shutdown mode, as their temperatures had fallen below 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius).
The reactors were the scene of a disaster, overheating and giving off radiation, after being wrecked in a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011.
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