Japan Reactor Shut Down, No Radiation Leaks

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan's Kansai Electric Power Company says it plans to manually shut down the Number One reactor at its Ohi power plant Saturday because of a technical problem, but no radiation leakage had occurred.

Kansai officials said the reactor, located about 350 kilometers west of Tokyo, will be closed for checks after pressure in a tank containing boric acid water fell briefly Friday night for unknown reasons. The pressure has since come back up to normal.

The shutdown will worsen a power shortage caused by the meltdown of the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Number One plant, hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.