Flammable gas in pipe at Fukushima nuclear reactor

Original story by Japan Today  25th September 2011

Flammable gas has been detected inside a pipe linked to a nuclear reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima atomic power plant, its operator said Saturday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) was unable to identify the gas but nonetheless said it was unlikely there would be an explosion in the reactor.

The company has been injecting nitrogen into the reactor so that the level of oxygen inside becomes low enough to prevent blasts.

But a TEPCO spokesman said workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant measured a 100% flammable gas in a pipe connected to the power station’s No. 1 reactor.

“It is not clear exactly where and how this gas was created,” the spokesman told AFP. “We are considering ways to deal with it.

“It is likely that we will continue the survey the gas to identify it and use nitrogen to bring its level low enough” to avoid explosions, he said.

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