Due to the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake which occurred on March 11th
2011, TEPCO's facilities including our nuclear power stations have been
severely damaged. We deeply apologize for the anxiety and inconvenience
Below is the status of TEPCO's major facilities.
*new items are underlined
[Nuclear Power Station]
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station:
Units 1 to 3: shutdown due to earthquake
(Units 4 to 6: outage due to regular inspection)
* The national government has instructed to evacuate for those local
residents within 20km radius of the site periphery and to remain indoors
for those local residents between 20km and 30km radius of the site
* Unit 1
The explosive sound and white smoke was confirmed near Unit 1 when the big
quake occurred at 3:36pm, March 12th.
We have started injection of sea water at 8:20 pm and then boric acid which
absorbs neutron into the reactor afterwards.
* Unit 2
At 1:25 pm, March 14th, since the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System has
failed, it was determined that a specific incident stipulated in Clause 1,
Article 15of Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency
Preparedness occurred (failure of reactor cooling function).
At 5:17 pm, while the water level in the reactor reached the top of the
fuel rod, we have restarted the water injection with the valve operation.
At approximately 6:14 am, March 15th, the abnormal sound was confirmed near
the suppression chamber and the pressure inside the chamber decreased
afterwards. It was determined that there is a possibility that something
happened in the suppression chamber. While sea water injection to the
reactor continued, TEPCO employees and workers from other companies not
in charge of injection work started tentative evacuation to a safe location.
Sea water injection to the reactor is still under operation.
On March 18th, power was delivered up to substation for backup power
through offsite transmission line. We completed laying cable further to
unit receiving facility in the building, and at 3:46 pm, March 20th the
load-side power panel of the receiving facility started to be energized.
From 3: 05 pm to 5: 20 pm on March 20th, 40 tons of seawater was injected
into Unit 2 by TEPCO employees.
At 6:20 on March 21st, white smoke was confirmed arising from the top of
the reactor building. As of 7:11 am on March 22nd, smoke decreased to the
level where we can hardly confirm.
* Unit 3
At 6:50 am, March 14th, while water injection to the reactor was under
operation, the pressure in the reactor containment vessel increased to
530 kPa. As a result, at 7:44 am, it was determined that a specific
incident stipulated in article 15, clause 1 occurred (abnormal increase
of the pressure of reactor containment vessel). Afterwards, the pressure
has gradually decreased (as of 9:05 am, 450 kPa).
We continue injecting water into a reactor.
* We announced in our past reports that "On March 14, the pressure in the
primary containment vessel increased and it was determined that a
specific incident stipulated in the Article 15, the Clause 1 of Act on
Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness occurred".
However, we made a mistake in the calculation of the pressure value and
the status of Unit 3 did not fall under the above-mentioned specific
incidents. We will delete the related description from our latest report.
At approximately 11:01 am, March 14th, an explosion followed by white
smoke occurred near Unit 3. 4 TEPCO employees and 3 workers from other
companies (all of them are conscious) have sustained injuries and they
were already taken to the hospital by ambulances.
As the temperature of water in the spent fuel pool rose, spraying water by
helicopters with the support of the Self Defense Force was considered,
however the operation on March 16th was cancelled.
At 6:15 am, March 17th, the pressure of the Suppression Chamber temporarily
increased, but currently it is stable in a certain range. On March 20th, we
were preparing to implement a measurement to reduce the pressure of the
reactor containment vessel (partial discharge of air containing radioactive
material to outside) in order to fully secure safety. However, at present,
it is not a situation to take a measure immediately to discharge air
containing radioactive material to outside. We will continue to monitor the
status of the pressure of the reactor containment vessel. Monitoring will
In order to cool spent fuel pool, water was sprayed by helicopters on March
17th with the cooperation of Self-Defense Forces.
At approximately past 7:00 pm, March 17th, Self-Defense Forces and the
police had started spraying water by water cannon trucks upon our request
for the cooperation. At 8:09 pm, March 17th, they had finished the
At 2:00 pm, March 18th, spraying water by fire engines was started with the
cooperation of Self-Defense Forces and the United States Armed Forces. At
2:45 pm, March 18th, they had finished the operation.
At approximately 0:30 am, March 19th, spraying water was started with the
cooperation of Fire Rescue Task Forces of Tokyo Fire Department started
spraying water. At approximately 1:10 am, March 19th, they finished the
operation. They resumed spraying water at 2:10 pm. At approximately 3:40
am, March 20th, they finished the operation.
At approximately 9:30 pm, March 20th, spraying water was started with the
cooperation of Fire Rescue Task Forces of Tokyo Fire Department. At
approximately 3:58 am, March 21st, they finished the operation.
At approximately 3:55 pm, March 21st, light gray smoke was confirmed
arising from the southeast side of the 5th floor roof of the Unit 3
building, and the situation was reported to the fire department at
approximately 4:21 pm. The parameters of reactor pressure vessel, reactor
containment vessel, and monitored environmental data remained at the same
level. However, employees working around Unit 3 evacuated to a safe
location. It is observed the smoke has been decreasing. On March 22nd,
the color of smoke changed to somewhat white and it is slowly dissipating.
* Unit 4
At approximately 6:00 am, March 15th, an explosive sound was heard and the
damage in the 5th floor roof of Unit 4 reactor building was confirmed. At
9:38 am, the fire near the north-west part of 4th floor of Unit 4 reactor
building was confirmed. At approximately 11:00 am, TEPCO employees
confirmed that the fire was off.
At approximately 5:45 am, a TEPCO employee discovered a fire at the
northwest corner of the Nuclear Reactor Building. TEPCO immediately
reported this incident to the fire department and the local government and
proceeded with the extinction of fire.
At approximately 6:15 am, TEPCO staff confirmed at the site that there are
no signs of fire.
At approximately 8:21 am, March 20th, spraying water by fire engines was
started with the cooperation of Self-Defense Forces and they finished the
operation at approximately 9:40 am. At approximately 6:45 pm spraying
water was started by Self-Defenses' water cannon trucks and finished at
approximately 7:45 pm.
At approximately 6:30 am, March 21st, spraying water by fire engines was
started with the cooperation of Self-Defense Forces and the United States
Armed Forces. At approximately 8:40 am, March 21, they had finished the
As of March 21st, cabling has been completed from temporary substation to
the main power center.
* On March 18th, regarding the spent fuel in the common spent fuel pool,
we have confirmed that the water level of the pool is secured. A detailed
inspection is under preparation.
* common spent fuel pool: a spent fuel pool for common use set in a
separate building in a plant site in order to preserve spent fuel
which are transferred from the spent fuel pool in each Unit building.
* On March 17th, we patrolled buildings for dry casks and found no signs of
abnormal situation for the casks by visual observation. A detailed
inspection is under preparation.
* dry cask: a measure to store spent fuel in a dry storage casks in
storages. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station started to utilize
the measure from August 1995.
* The restoration work of electricity supply from external source for
Units 3, 4, 5 and 6 are being implemented. At 11:36 am, March 21, the
service power supplied by emergency diesel generators in Units 5 was
partially restored through transmission line (Yonomori-line) using a
power receiving facility of Unit 6.
* At 5 am, Mar 19th, we started the Residual Heat Removal System Pump (C)
of Unit 5 in order to cool the spent fuel pool. At 10:14 pm, we started
the Residual Heat Removal System Pump (B ) of Unit 6 in order to cool the
spent fuel pool.
* Unit 5 has been in reactor cold shutdown since 2:30 pm on March 20th.
Unit 6 has been in reactor cold shutdown since 7:27 pm on March 20th.
* At Units 5 and 6, in order to prevent hydrogen gas from accumulating
within the buildings, we have made three holes on the roof of the reactor
building for each unit
* In total 12 fire engines are lent for spraying water to the spent fuel
pools and water injection to the nuclear reactors by various regional fire
departments* as well as Tokyo Fire Department.
* On March 21st, we detected cobalt, iodine and cesium from the seawater
around discharge canal of Unit 1, 2, 3 and 4.
* We will continuously endeavor to securing safety, and monitoring of the
Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station:
Units 1 to 4: shutdown due to earthquake
* The national government has instructed evacuation for those local
residents within 10km radius of the periphery.
* In order to achieve cold shutdown, reactor cooling function was restored
and cooling of reactors was conducted. As a result, all reactors achieved
cold shutdown: Unit 1 at 5:00 pm, March 14th, Unit 2 at 6:00 pm, March 14th,
Unit 3 at 0:15 pm, March 12th, Unit 4 at 7:15 am, March 16th.
* Since March 12th, we had been preparing measures for reducing the
pressure of reactor containment vessels (partial discharge of air
containing radioactive materials to outside), but on March 17th, we
released such preparation in all Units.
* (Unit 1)
As it is confirmed that the temperature of the Emergency Equipment Cooling
Water System *1 has increased, at 3:20 pm, March 15th, we stopped the
Residual Heat Removal System (B) for the inspection. Subsequently, failure
was detected in the power supply facility associated with the pumps of the
Emergency Equipment Cooling Water System. At 4:25 pm, March 15th, after
replacing the power facility, the pumps and the Residual Heat Removal
System (B) have been reactivated.
* (Unit 4)
As it is confirmed that the pressure at the outlet of the pumps of the
Emergency Equipment Cooling Water System*1 has been decreased, at 8:05 pm,
March 15th, we stopped the Residual Heat Removal System (B) for the
inspection. Subsequently, failure was detected in the power supply
facility associated with the pumps of the Emergency Equipment Cooling
Water System. At 9:25 pm, March 15th, after replacing the relevant
facility, the pumps and the Residual Heat Removal System (B) have been
*1:emergency water system in which cooling water (pure water) circulates
which exchanged the heat with sea water in order to cool down bearing pumps
and/or heat exchangers etc.
Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Station:
Units 1, 5, 6, 7: normal operation
(Units 2 to 4: outage due to regular inspection)
[Thermal Power Station]
Hirono Thermal Power Station Units 2 and 4: shutdown due to earthquake
Hitachinaka Thermal Power Station Unit 1: shutdown due to earthquake
Kashima Thermal Power Station Units 2, 3, 5, 6: shutdown due to earthquake
Higashi-Ohgishima Thermal Power Station Unit 1: shutdown due to earthquake
[Hydro Power Station]
* All the stations have been restored.
[Transmission System, etc.]
All substation failed due to the earthquake have been restored.
[Blackout in TEPCO's Service Area]
All the blackouts are resolved.
[Supply and Demand Status within TEPCO's Service Area to Secure Stable Power
Backup supply from Shinshinano Conversion Station: 600MW
Backup supply from Sakuma Conversion Station: 300MW
Backup supply from Higashi Shimizu Conversion Station: 100MW
Backup supply from Hokkaido-Honshu Interconnection Facilities: 60MW
Considering the critical balance of our power supply capacity and expected
power demand forward, in order to avoid unexpected blackout, TEPCO has been
implementing rolling blackout (planned blackout alternates from one area to
another) since Mar 14th. We will make our utmost to secure the stable power
supply as early as possible.
For customers who will be subject to rolling blackout, please be prepared
for the announced blackout periods. Also for customers who are not subject
to blackouts, TEPCO appreciates your continuous cooperation in reducing
electricity usage by avoiding using unnecessary lighting and electrical
[Others] Please do NOT touch cut-off electric wires.
In order to prevent fire, please make sure to switch off the electric
appliances such as hair drier and to shut down the breaker of distribution
board when you leave your house.
For the customer who has in-house power generation, please secure fuel for
* Revised past progress