Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has restored the cooling system of the nuclear reactor and fuel pool at the No. 5 unit of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the plant operator said on Sunday.
The cooling system was restored early on Sunday after its work stopped late on Saturday and is now expected to lower temperatures at the nuclear reactor and the fuel pool, TEPCO said.
An earthquake and a tsunami that swept northeastern Japan two months ago damaged the cooling facilities at Fukushima, which resulted in serious radiation leaks.
In mid-April, Japan’s nuclear authorities assigned the highest level of danger to the Fukushima nuclear disaster for the first time after the devastating Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Soviet Union in 1986.
TEPCO expects the stabilization of the crippled reactors to take from six to nine months.
MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti)