Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Update

From NEI’s Japan earthquake launch page:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the use of remote controlled machinery is believed to have caused an oxygen cylinder to explode near reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility. The explosion occurred outside of the building that houses reactors at the facility and did not change conditions at the site, the company said.

Workers reported the explosion at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday local time in Japan. TEPCO said workers were using unmanned heavy machinery to remove debris at the site when the machinery damaged the cylinder, causing it to burst. There were no changes in radiation levels within the plant site and no injuries were reported.

1 comment:

jimwg said...

Such dolts. I mean I could half-understand if the accident occurred on their home soil, but shutting down the whole works from one not even related one bit?? Talk about green-scare! I hope Finland hydro teaches them a lesson about losing your nerve by phantom perils. My cousin serves in Germany and laments that their beautiful landscapes and vistas will be spolied by square miles of horizon-spanning monstrous windmills.

James Greenidge
(Thanks Will of "Atomic Power Review" for the info and education!)