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Fire at Genkai plant

October 28, 2014

Small fire at Genkai nuclear power plant


Oct. 28, 2014 - Updated 07:41 UTC+1

A small electrical fire broke out in an auxiliary building at the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, western Japan. Workers used extinguishers to immediately put it out.

Kyushu Electric Power Company reported that the fire was handled properly and there was no leak of radioactive materials.

Officials say that smoke from an electrical breaker was detected at around 9:35 AM on Tuesday, in a building near the No.3 and 4 reactors. The fire started in a room that contains devices used to measure radioactive levels of wastewater.

The operator says radioactivity monitors installed inside and outside the room showed no changes.
Officials also say they believe no radioactive leaks or exposure to workers took place.

Equipment for the control and operation of the reactors is located in the building adjacent to the reactors.

The operator and local fire department are jointly investigating the cause of the fire.

Kyushu Electric has applied to restart the No.3 and 4 reactors at the plant. The Nuclear Regulation Authority is currently screening the reactors to check whether they meet the necessary safety requirements.

Fire breaks out at Genkai nuclear plant in Kyushu


FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- A fire broke out at auxiliary building at the Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture on Tuesday but it was put out by plant workers with fire extinguishers, its operator Kyushu Electric Power Co. said.

The incident caused no injury and no outside leakage of radioactivity, according to the utility.

Smoke was seen coming from an electric breaker in the basement of the auxiliary building for the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the plant around 9:35 a.m.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.


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