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Rat May Be Responsible for Outage at Fukushima Nuke Plant

26 Mar
A brown rat. Photo by Brian Robert Marshall

Did a brown rat take down that nuke plant? Photo by Brian Robert Marshall

A rat may have been to blame for a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said last week, in an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix.

Equipment keeping used nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up to 39 hours from Monday, with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitting their recovery work was sometimes less than perfect.

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