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Japan:Drill confirms safety of Fukushima nuclear plant

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 13,2011

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the facility could be kept safe even if its reactor-cooling system is knocked out by another huge earthquake.

Tokyo Electric Power Company conducted a drill on Wednesday based on the scenario that its pumps and tanks were damaged by a magnitude-8 quake near the plant. It was the first such drill since trouble began at the plant in March.

Reactors at the plant must receive a continuous injection of water to be kept in a state of cold shutdown, with temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius.

During the drill, about 40 workers attached a 300-meter hose to a fire truck, and pumped up seawater to inject into the reactors.

It took about an hour and 10 minutes for water to resume being injected into a mock facility after fire trucks arrived at the scene.

Tokyo Electric says water injection at the three reactors, No.1 through No. 3, could be restarted in about 3 hours.

Laaska News.