The New York Times ran an article a couple of hours ago about new problems at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant:
The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Saturday that the filtration system it had struggled to put into operation had broken down after just five hours, a disappointing setback in its efforts to cool the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The company said that the sprawling system, which is designed to siphon oil, radioactive materials and salt from the water used to cool the reactors, had been shut down because the levels of cesium recorded were similar to those requiring the changing of filters.
It is crucial that TEPCO find a solution quickly, as the Times reported:
Some of the tanks, basements and other storage facilities at the power plant have inches to spare and could overflow within days.
Here’s a link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/world/asia/19tepco.html