A rat may have caused a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said Thursday, an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix.
The body of a dead rat that may have caused the short-circuit of a switchboard at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, March 20, 2013. The crisis began Monday night when power was cut at a building that serves as the central command for work to contain the nuclear accident and dismantle the reactors.
Equipment keeping spent nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up to 29 hours from Monday, with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitting its recovery work was sometimes less than perfect.
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