Power restored to cooling system
TOKYO (AP) — Power was restored today to a cooling system at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in Japan that failed for the second time in a month after an outage caused by construction work to keep out rats suspected of setting off the earlier blackout.
Power for the cooling system for a storage pool for fuel was restored after a two-hour break at reactor No. 3, and there was no immediate danger from the breakdown, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that operates Fukushima Dai-ichi in northeastern Japan.
Work to put up nets to keep out rats and other animals at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in northeastern Japan inadvertently caused the power outage, TEPCO spokesman Akitsuka Kobayashi said. Details were not clear, and the outage was still under investigation.
Nuclear Regulation Authority spokesman Takahiro Sakuma said an alarm went off in the afternoon about the latest problem at reactor No. 3.
Activists: Rocket attack kills five
BEIRUT (AP) — A barrage of rockets slammed into a contested district on the northeastern edge of Damascus, killing at least five people and trapping others under the rubble, activists said today.
The attack on Barzeh, where rebels aiming to topple President Bashar Assad are known to operate, follows days of heavy fighting between the rebels and the military.
The activists said several rockets exploded in a residential area in Barzeh district Thursday night and this morning. The opposition Barzeh Media Center and a militant website claimed the Syrian military fired 14 rockets, leaving people, including children, buried under the rubble.
It said three children, a woman and an elderly man were killed.
Road accident kills 18 in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A road accident in Iran has killed 18 people after a truck smuggling fuel slammed into a sedan packed with Afghans who were being brought illegally into the country.
The semiofficial Fars news agency said the crash took place this morning on the outskirts of the town of Rigan in southeastern Iran.
Fifteen of the dead were Afghan citizens who had illegally crossed the border into Iran. The remaining three victims were Iranians.
The report said the truck burst into flames after the crash.
Iran has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records, with more than 400,000 accidents and about 20,000 deaths on its roads every year.