Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Japan nuclear lab Caught Fire; no radiation leak...they said this before - 20th dec 2011

A building housing an experimental nuclear reactor in Japan caught fire Tuesday, but there was no leak of radioactive materials, officials said, amid nervousness over Japan's atomic industry.

The quasi-public Japan Atomic Energy Agency said sound insulation on the ceiling of a building housing a reactor in central Ibaraki prefecture caught fire around 9:30 am (0030 GMT).

Sparks from welding tools ignited the glass wool insulation as a maintenance crew worked to place a covering over the roof, said an agency spokesman.

The reactor has been stopped for routine inspection since February.

Firefighters were at the scene, but the fire died out on its own two hours after starting, the spokesman added.

"There was no change to monitoring posts around the reactor," the spokesman said.

The news came days after Japan announced it had achieved a state of cold shutdown at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant which had released massive amounts of radioactive materials following the country's March quake and tsunami. Read More