Fukushima Daiichi wasn’t the only nuclear power plant in Japan to struggle during the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.
Fukushima Daini now says that they barely averted a meltdown there. The seawater pumps that create the cooling loop for the plant were damaged in the tsunami. Daini manged to keep one power line operating, this allowed staff to monitor the reactors. Units at Daini still went high in pressure causing at least one unit to crack the containment vessel. Had it not been for the massive accident at Daiichi people would likely be still talking about the critical near miss at Daini.
The tsunami also caused problems at the Tokai nuclear power plant and their number 2 reactor. An emergency diesel generator cooling pump was submerged by the tsunami. Experts now think that had the tsunami been higher at Tokai it would have caused a major accident at that reactor also.
Local civic groups have gathered 100,000 signatures demanding the Tokai nuclear plant be shut down fearing a major accident could also happen there.
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