Crippled Japan nuclear plant hit by power cut, systems suspended
TOKYO (AFP) - A power failure at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant forced operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) to suspend systems to cool spent fuel pools at three reactor units, a report said on Tuesday.
The incident has not so far affected water injection to the number 1 and number 3 reactors, which suffered core meltdowns soon after the start of the March 2011 nuclear crisis, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Kyodo news agency said.
No major changes have been observed in radioactivity levels detected by nearby monitoring posts after the incident, which happened just before 7.00pm (6pm Singapore time) on Monday.
As of 1.45am Tuesday, Tepco has not been able to bring the system back online, the Kyodo report said.