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Japan regulator to re-investigate Fukushima nuclear disaster

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Christian Fernsby |
Asia   Fukushima

Japan’s nuclear regulator plans to reinvestigate the Fukushima disaster, in which three reactors at an atomic power plant run by Tokyo Electric Power melted down after an earthquake and tsunami eight years ago, it said on Wednesday.

Topics: Japan Fukushima nuclear

The March 2011 disaster led to explosions and the meltdown of the three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station north of the capital, Tokyo, spewing radiation that forced 160,000 people to flee, many never to return.

In its investigation, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) will seek to establish where radiation is leaking from damaged reactor containment vessels, a paper it released showed.

It will also look at cooling systems set up to keep the melted fuel in the reactors from overheating, it said.

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