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Stalled Cooling System the Latest Problem at Fukushima

Local government officials and nuclear experts inspect a construction site on Aug. 6 to prevent the seepage of contamined water into the sea at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Okuma, Japan. (JAPAN POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Alex Brown
October 7, 2013

The bad news won't stop coming out of Fukushima: The New York Times reported Monday that the crippled Japanese nuclear plant suffered from a stalled reactor pump, adding to the site's ongoing woes.

The pump, which cooled one of the damaged reactors at Fukushima, may have shut down due to human error; a backup pump took over cooling early Monday. The reactor was one of three destroyed during a 2011 tsunami. Last week, the facility spilled radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

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