|Published:||Mar 16, 2011 8:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 16, 2011 5:39 PM EDT|
TOKYO- The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant says it has almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the complex and solve the crisis that has threatened a meltdown.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Naoki Tsunoda said early Thursday the power line to Fukushima Dai-ichi is almost complete. Officials plan to try it "as soon as possible" but he could not say when.
The new line would revive electric-powered pumps, allowing the company to maintain a steady water supply to troubled reactors and spent fuel storage ponds, keeping them cool.
The nuclear crisis has triggered international alarm and partly overshadowed the human tragedy caused by Friday's earthquake and tsunami that pulverized Japan's northeastern coastline.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
- Autopsy: Actor died from impact, fire in crash
- Wags and barks speak volumes when talking to dogs
- Universal shuts down 'Fast & Furious 7' production
- 2,700 rounds of ammo found at Conn. man's home
- House approves TSA Loose Change Act, heading to Senate
- US court: Negligence not cause of 3rd WTC collapse
- Newtown 911 dispatcher urged callers to take cover
- Mexico: Stolen box with radioactive material found