Local media outlet NewJerseyNewsroom cites additiional information about what transpired at Salem nuclear plant though they do not cite where they obtained this detailed information from.
“But just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, while Sandy’s eye was barreling down on the Jersey Shore, the high waves in the river swamped four of the six massive pumps in a building along the river’s edge which pull in the water through a 40-foot wide conduit jutting into the river. The loss of these pumps caused a chain reaction of events:
- The loss of river water meant the steam in the secondary loop was no longer being condensed, sending hot steam back into the carefully calibrated system.
- The added work load, coupled with accumulating junk clogging Salem’s underwater intake pipe, caused the two remaining pumps to fail.
- With its cooling system compromised, operators stopped the fission process by slamming the boron control rods into the reactor.”
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