2024 Japan Quake & Tsunami Update 1.2.24

This is an update with new information as of 1.2.24:

Japan’s NRA reports that the Shiga Nuclear Power Plant “Cooling continues even though some external power sources are unavailable”.

A transformer at unit 2 experienced an explosion and failure. The unit 1 reactor had a transformer failure due to an oil leak. Both units have other sources of external AC power that they are currently using. Water spilled from the spent fuel pool of unit 1 onto the floor due to the earthquake shaking. The pump that supplies cooling water temporarily stopped, and was restored by 4:49 p.m.

The NRA is also reporting no damage identified at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant. Units 2 and 7 did find some spent fuel pool water had spilled out of the pools. This plant recently received restart permission from the NRA but needs local permission before they could restart reactors.

Units 1, 2, and 3 at the Takahama Nuclear Power Plant , and units 3 and 4 at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant are currently in operation. NRA claimed no damage had been observed at either plant. Unit 4 at the Takahama Nuclear Power Plant, and unit 3 at the Mihama Nuclear Power Plant have been shut down for periodic inspections. The Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant has also been under inspection. The Monju fast breeder reactors is also in the region but was permanently shut down by the NRA for security lapses. None of these plants reported any significant damage via the NRA.

Fukushima Daiichi and Daini on the other side of Japan also felt the quake with a seismic intensity of 3. TEPCO didn’t report any damage but this shows how large of an area was impacted by the quake.

As rescuers rush to save people trapped in buildings in Western Japan, authorities are warning that rains could trigger landslides. Heavy rains are predicted in the region.


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