Probe finds high radiation in crippled Fukushima’s second reactor

Tokyo, Mar 29(ANI): The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has said damage to one of the reactors is much worse than earlier expected.

A probe into Reactor Two at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant revealed a high level of radiation, and added that the level of cooling water inside was far lower than expected.

But the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), said the finding does not affect their assessment that the nuclear fuel is being safely cooled, but it could make decommissioning harder, as special equipment will have to be designed to withstand the radiation, the BBC reports.

The plant’s supervisor had earlier expressed concern about the fragility of the cooling system that relies on hoses snaking around the site and pumps mounted on the back of trucks.

The Japanese Government has been conducting stress tests on nuclear power stations to try to persuade people living nearby that they can resist strong earthquakes.

But local communities are refusing to allow reactors to be restarted after routine maintenance, which has to take place every 13 months. (ANI)