Fukushima Daiichi Power Taken Out By A Mouse

mouseThe third power distribution panel at Fukushima Daiichi that has yet to be repaired appears to have been taken out by a mouse. TEPCO is still trying to determine what caused 3 power distribution panels to take out 9 critical systems at the plant.

Power had been out for 29 hours and it is not clear if power has been restored to the common pool and water filtration system or not. Power to the cooling pools had been restored in the last 12 hours with conflicting reports of how the power was restored and if both systems at each pool were restored. Each spent fuel pool has a primary and secondary temporary cooling system.

These power panels still sit outside on the back of trucks two years after the start of the disaster. TEPCO has made no effort to install any sort of permanent system even though power will be needed for cooling for possibly the next 5-10 years and the plant will need power through the decommissioning process.

TEPCO states they do not know the status of repairing this third panel that was taken down by a terrorist mouse. Workers have seen rats at the plant in the past and stated concern they could cause such a problem with electrical or plumbing rigged systems.

UPDATE: NHK is reporting the common pool has had some form of power restored.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20130320/k10013326961000.html

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TEPCO photos http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2013/201303-j/130320-01j.html

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