Overseas Network September 9, 9, by typhoon No. 15, Japans Ibaraki Prefecture Atomic Power Research and Development Agency atomic furnace related facilities were blown down by strong winds. These atomic furnaces were originally used for research. Fortunately, no radioactive material leaked and no one was injured.
According to NHK TV, Japans Atomic Force Research and Development Agency said that around 7:40 a.m. local time on the 9th, staff routinely inspected and found that facilities for cooling research atomic furnaces fell to the ground and cooling towers were damaged.
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Part of the cooling tower is a wooden structure, which is 16.5 meters high and 30 meters wide. It is used to cool the atomic furnace. Photographs released by the research institute show that all the facilities fell to the ground and the external pipes connecting the cooling towers were bent. The piping is made of metal, in which 30-40 liters of water flow out, without radioactive substances.
Japanese media said the atomic furnaces for research had stopped operating 13 years ago and were preparing to be abandoned. Nuclear fuel has been removed and stored 100 metres away. There is no radioactive material in the cooling tower and there is no danger of leakage to the outside world. The accident did not cause any injuries.
The Research Institute believes strong winds have blown down the facilities and is investigating the cause of the accident.