Wednesday, 20th March 2013
In Business In Japan,
Power restored at Fukushima nuclear plant
Technicians and engineers have restored power to the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in the nation.
A loss of power on Monday (March 18th) had led to fears of another nuclear catastrophe at the site, but Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has now restored all the systems.
The failure was believed to have been caused by a faulty power switchboard, but this has yet to be confirmed.
TEPCO did note that the level of radiation had remained at a safe level throughout the power outage at the facility.
According to the Japanese government, the reactors at the plant are now in a state of "cold shutdown," which means they no longer release high levels of radiation.
Reports in Tokyo on Tuesday backed TEPCO over the power outage, saying there appeared to be no danger of an immediate crisis.
TEPCO has been heavily criticised for its handling of the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which shut down power systems.
Written by Susan Ballion
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