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Reactor Reactions Redux - Rehash

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As has been typical for this incident, there is sparse actual news out today so again I will try to read between the lines. Based on what I have seen / read I get the impression that for the first time in a while there are no new problems to deal with but of course plenty of old ones.

The power is still not restored to the site but the cable is now located there and it is just a matter of attaching it to the system (a not insignificant task) and they hope to get this done soon. It is anticipated to get power back to number 1 and 2 reactors first.

Reactors 3 and 4 are still the ones causing concerns and in their case it is still the spent fuel pools that are the problem. It turns out that pumper trucks have been having a hard time reaching the danger areas because of debris left over from the tsunami and the hydrogen explosions. But the ways are being cleared and the trucks have been able to deliver some water to these reactors and steam was observed coming out after water was added (indicating that water reached the pool).

Reactors 5 and 6 are still in a good state and are not causing any immediate concerns (but they will become problematic if power is not restored soon).

On top of this radiation levels were down for the third day in a row but were still at unhealthy levels.

As always updates are welcome in the comments.

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