TOKYO -- This week's power outage at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant may have been caused by a rat.Masayuki Ono, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, says a 15-centimeter (6-inch) rat was found dead Wednesday near a switchboard. He says the rat may be linked to the power failure, but that more investigation is needed to be sure.Read More... More on Japan

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    TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power ... outage, according to the firm, but the incident underlines the fragile state of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the wake of meltdowns two years ago. The ...
    03/27/2013 - 1:56 am | View Link
  • Tepco Blames Rat For Fukushima Daiichi Power Outage
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    03/25/2013 - 11:49 pm | View Link
  • Tepco Says Rat Caused Power Outage at Crippled Fukushima Plant
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said a blackout at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant last week was caused by a rat. Tepco, as the company is known, concluded the 15-centimeter rat short-circuited ...
    03/25/2013 - 9:03 pm | View Link
  • Rat may have caused new Fukushima power outage
    A rat may have caused a power outage that halted cooling systems ... temperature in four different pools was out for up to 29 hours from Monday, with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitting its ...
    03/20/2013 - 9:53 pm | View Link
  • Rat may have caused outage at Fukushima
    Equipment keeping used nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up to 39 hours from Monday, with Tokyo Electric Power Company ... animal may have caused a short circuit ...
    03/20/2013 - 6:13 pm | View Link
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