Fire alarms and Smoke reported at Kashiwazaki Kariwa – TEPCO Has Not Confirmed External Leakage

Japanese media outlets are reporting around 11 pm Sunday night, TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant’s fire alarms activated, and smoke was seen rising from the Unit 5 area.    According to TEPCO, external radiation monitors have not detected any increase of radiation dose around the station from a leak of radioactive materials.

The smoke was detected in a building full of heat-exchange equipment, but no fire was found by the time that the local fire department arrived on-scene.  According to TEPCO the reactor, which has been undergoing a scheduled inspection since late January,  there is no fuel in nuclear reactors, all fuel is contained in spent fuel pool.

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa No. 6 reactor will be suspended on March 26th.

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Unit 5 is the farthest on the left

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