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Japan :TEPCO – No1 reactor temperature down

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Laaska News  August 21,2011

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says all thermometers at the troubled No.1 reactor has registered temperatures lower than 100 degrees Celsius.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said on Saturday that all 19 thermometers at the No.1 reactor showed readings below 100 degrees as of 11 PM on Friday. It added the stable condition was unchanged 12 hours later.

As part of its effort to bring the plant under control, TEPCO has been working to achieve cold shutdown of reactors No.1, 2 and 3. The reactors’ temperatures should continuously remain below 100 degrees.

TEPCO says its efforts to cool down the reactors are beginning to bear fruit.

But in order to actually achieve cold shutdown, the utility firm has to accomplish other goals, one being able to maintain stable conditions even if an emergency occurs.

TEPCO also said the 2 other reactors remained higher than the 100-degree benchmark, as of 11 AM on Saturday.

The 3 reactors were in operation when the March earthquake and tsunami struck the plant.
Laaska News.