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Fire Breaks Out At Fukushima No 2 Nuclear Plant

February 8, 2018 – A minor fire set off an alarm in a building at the Fukushima No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant earlier this morning, sparking an investigation.

At about 9 am this morning, an alarm went off in a building handling the processing of waste from reactor Nos. 1 and 2 at the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (TEPCO). A worker from a cooperating company noticed smoke coming from a room for cooling equipment and rushed to put out the fire, which was confirmed extinguished about 40 minutes later.

Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

Drone view of Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

The Futaba Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. Officials said a monitoring post on the perimeter of the nuclear plant grounds showed no change in airborne radiation levels.

The six-story building where the fire started is made of reinforced concrete. In addition to handling the processing of waste liquid containing radioactive materials from the plant’s No. 1 and 2 reactors, it has a laundry facility for workers’ clothes. The cooling equipment room is in a radiation control area, and is outfitted with air conditioning and other equipment.

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