Strong earthquake yesterday struck Japan. A 1m wave hit the coastline near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, but Cabinet Chief Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a televised news conference that “there was no problem”.
All reactors were shut down in 2011, but cooling is still needed for the used nuclear fuel stored on the site. Mr Suga said the water cooling system on the third reactor had stopped working, but there were no signs of further damage or abnormalities.
Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the plant, later said it had restarted the cooling system, and reported only small temperature increases, within safety limits.