Hat tip to twist for digging up this little item, which made barely a ripple in the MSM over the weekend. Seems the cooling system at Godzilla’s Bathtub (aka the spent pool at Fukushima Daiichi building #4) was offline between Saturday and Sunday, when the water temperature leaped nearly 10 degrees C.
While we’re not exactly talking about the end of the world here, it’s amazing how calmly they can discuss the prospect of ending human habitation of much of Honshu, including Tokyo.
Japan Times (7/2 ’12): “Cooling system fixed at Fukushima plant’s No. 4 fuel pool”
The pool contains 1,535 fuel assemblies — including 204 unused ones — that could all burn up if the remainder of the building collapses and dumps the water out. The same cooling system also was suspended on June 4.