April 17th, 2011
03:57 AM ET

Japan plant owner: At least 9 months before end to nuclear crisis

Engineers will need up to nine months to fully shut down the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the scene of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, its owners announced Sunday.

It would take three months to bring down radiation levels and restore normal cooling systems at the plant, Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., told reporters.

An additional three to six months would be needed before the reactors reach their cold shutdown point, he said.

The plan announced Sunday is the first timetable that Tokyo Electric has disclosed for reining in the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, which was swamped by the tsunami that followed Japan's March 11 earthquake.

It comes five days after Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for Tokyo Electric to develop a timeline for bringing the disaster to an end.

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  1. Philip

    @hemp vs cotton....interesting, very intersting. But just so ya know, the bible teaches that all of earths creatures are souls, living souls and dead souls. The idea that the soul lives on after death is brought to you by the same folks who say "serve God or burn in hell forever" as if God himself were an extortionist. // And how do YOU explain our still-expanding universe and the clumpiness of the galaxies? Shouldn't the universe have stopped expanding by now if the big-bang theory were true? And how is it that fully formed stars emerge from nebulas? )Just wondering and thought you might know)

    April 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hemp vs cotton

    The universe expands at an increasing velocity because of dark energy and dark matter. We'll know more when Large hadron collider finds exotic particles predicted by quantum gravity.
    If no awareness of universe exists then matter has no significance. We are the soul of the universe.

    April 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    So let me get this straight. Since the fact that our known universe is still expanding (something that the big-bang theory can't explain) we have come-up with another theory that might explain this once the giant hadron collidor is online? And if this hadron collidor does not produce the desired results, no problemo? We can simply make something else up (devise a theory) that might explain it? This could, and has, gone on throughout mankinds history. Yet we are still befuddled. (not certain)

    April 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    And cotton...What of our photographic evidence of stars coming from nebulas? Does this not blow-away every single theory ever devised to explain how stars are formed?

    April 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    side note: and it should be Hemp vs. Nylon. Marijuanna was legal up until the mid 1930s when DuPont invented nylon. DuPont was in cahoots with our political leaders who could see some personal profit potential if MJ were outlawed. Before nylon, we American's made all sorts of products from hemp. Even our military did. But after MJ was outlawed, we were forced to use nylon. You can imagine how much a small investment in DuPont stock prior to MJ being outlawed was worth once everyone was using nylon. Let's hope they never invent artificial water.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
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