Rat blamed for Fukushima power outage

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Oh boy! Is this the Simpsons?

Earlier this week, a power outage at the Fukushima nuclear power plant affected the cooling system of the spent fuel ponds. Power was later restored, and while the temperatures always stayed at safe levels and this was a much, much, much smaller incident than anything that took place 2 years ago, it's still a bit worrisome to learn that a rodent could have caused this, even after all that the plant has gone through (you would expect every nook and cranny to have been checked and double-checked and systems to have been hardened and made redundant in case of failure).

"We have deeply worried the public, but the system has been restored," Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

It took engineers about 30 hours to repair the damage.


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