Fukushima Nuclear Plant
March 14, 2011 by staff
Fukushima Nuclear Plant, A second hydrogen explosion was reported at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, this time at the No. 3 reactor, the government agency for nuclear safety, said Monday, according to Kyodo News.
The first hydrogen explosion in the same plant occurred on the No. Reactor on Saturday. The Japanese authorities had been injecting seawater into overheating nuclear reactors, Sunday, in an attempt to relieve the pressure at the factory.
The No. 3 reactor at Fukushima No. Plant may have been deformed due to overheating, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yuko Edano said earlier in the day.
He denied that there had been a “collapse” of the plant. Such a situation occurs when the nuclear fuel rods into the reactor melted.
He also said another hydrogen explosion could take place at another reactor in the facility; similar to Saturday blasted a portion of the building which housed another reactor of the plant itself.
The reason is that large amounts of hydrogen formed during an injection procedure was facing water problems that may temporarily have completed part of the building housing reactor No. 3, Edano said.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been the injection of water into the container base of reactor No. 3 on Sunday.
An evacuation zone 12 miles around the plant has been in place since Saturday, after being extended from miles.
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