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Work resumes to restore power and key cooling functions at Fukushima Plant in Japan


March 24, 2011 - Tokyo

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has resumed work to restore power and key cooling functions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

Critical work at the plant was stalled yesterday after smoke rose from its No.3 reactor. According to TEPCO, it is now safe for the workers to return, Kyodo reports.

However, the cause of the black smoke is still unknown, no fire was seen and the radiation level did not increase. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency have confirmed that the smoke has stopped now.

All six reactors at the nuclear plant have been reconnected to external power and workers scrambled to check each piece of equipment, including data measuring tools and feed-water pumps before transmitting power to them.

Meanwhile, the Science Ministry is monitoring radiation levels in soil, seawater and air around the plant to examine the extent of contamination and its effect on the farm and fishery industries.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has been monitoring the radiation level in areas 20 to 60 kilometers from the evacuation zone around the plant.

The ministry will also examine the radiation level in waters within 30 km of the coast around the plant and will deploy helicopters of the Ground Self-Defense Force to check the area from the air.

ANI

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