by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 29, 2011
The operators of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant said Wednesday that the temperature of reactor number two had dropped below 100 degrees Celsius as the site slowly recovers from the March 11 tsunami.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said the heat of the reactor fell to 99.4, following that of reactors one and three which dipped below 100 C (212 degrees Fahrenheit) a few weeks ago.
The firm recently introduced more efficient cooling methods at the plant, which houses six reactors, three of which were badly damaged.
The permanent cooldown of the three is essential in order to stablise the site devastated by the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.
There were explosions at the reactors after they went into meltdown following the earthquake and tsunami, which hit its cooling systems.
Japan has promised to achieve a cold shutdown of the plant by the year-end.
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Japan's post-tsunami tourism haunted by atomic fears
Matsushima, Japan (AFP) Sept 28, 2011
Seagulls flock around passengers on the deck of a cruise boat, hoping for scraps; hotels and inns show no-vacancy signs and fresh oysters are served in seaside restaurants. But despite an appearance of normality, business is far from booming in Matsushima, where serene pine-covered islands have attacted generations of tourists to an area classed as one of Japan's three most beautiful spots. ... read more
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