Politics & Policy

Japan Trying to Restore Power to Plant

Reuters reports that Japanese engineers succeeded in laying a one mile long cable to the Fukushima plant, but so far cannot say when it will be connected.

Japanese engineers worked through the night to lay a 1.5 km (one mile) electricity cable to a crippled nuclear power plant in the hope of restarting pumps desperately needed to pour cold water on overheating fuel rods and avert a catastrophe.

Officials could not say when the cable might be connected, but said work would stop on Friday morning to allow helicopters and fire trucks to resume pouring water on the Daiichi plant, about 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

“Preparatory work has so far not progressed as fast as we had hoped,” an official of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) told a news briefing, adding that a cold snap was hampering the effort.

 

Nat Brown — Nat Brown is a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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