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Submission + - Fukushima power plant blackout II

hcs_$reboot writes: The well known Fukushima daiichi power plant suffers from a power black-out since yesterday Monday evening (local time), leading to stopping the flow of cooling water to four fuel storage pools. However, "No need to worry, temperatures will remain in the safe range for 4 days" said the also well known company in charge, Tepco. The cause of the blackout is still being investigated.

Submission + - Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger (

hcs_$reboot writes: The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. He gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident, describing a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

On Oct. 30, he filed a complaint with a labor standards office in Fukushima, asking authorities to confirm TEPCO's safety violations and issue improvement orders. He also is seeking penalties--up to six months in jail or fines of up to 500,000 yen ($6,250) under the Industrial Safety and Health Act--against the company that supervised him.

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