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Press Release (May 19,2011)
Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, May 19)
*No Updates 
All 6 units of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been shut down. 
Unit 1 (Shut down) 
- Explosive sound and white smoke were confirmed after the big quake
  occurred at 3:36 pm on March 12. It was assumed to be hydrogen explosion.
- At approximately 2:30 am on March 23, seawater injection to the reactor
  through the feed water system was initiated.
- From 3:37 pm on March 25, we started injecting freshwater and are now
  injecting fresh water by a motor driven pump powered by the off-site
  transmission line.
- As it is suspected that hydrogen gas is accumulated inside Primary
  Containment Vessel, we commenced the valve opening operation concerning
  injection of nitrogen gas into the primary containment vessel at 10:30 pm
  April 6 and commenced injection at 1:31am April 7.
- At 11:50 am on May 17, we have decreased the amount of freshwater
  injected into the reactor from approximately 10 m3/h to approximately
  6 m3/h, since we have finished monitoring the trend shift of parameters
  of the Reactor Pressure Vessel as well as the primary containment vessel,
  the shift which would be resulted from the increase of the amount of
  injected freshwater. 
Unit 2 (Shut down) 
- At approximately 6:00 am on March 15, an abnormal noise began emanating
  from nearby Pressure Suppression Chamber and the pressure within the
  chamber decreased. 
- From 10:10 am on March 26, we started injecting freshwater to the reactor
  and are now injecting fresh water by a motor driven pump powered by the
  off-site transmission line. 
Unit 3 (Shut down) 
- Explosive sound and white smoke were confirmed at approximately 11:01am
  on March 14. It was assumed to be hydrogen explosion.
- From 6:02 pm on March 25, we started injecting fresh water to the reactor
  and are now injecting fresh water by a motor driven pump powered by the
  off-site transmission line.
- At 4:53 pm on May 12, as a part of work to switch the water injection
  line to the reactor from the fire extinction system to the reactor feed
  water system, we started water injection through the reactor feed water
  system in addition to through the fire extinction system. 
- At 10:11 am on May 17, we have increased the amount of water injection
  through the reactor feed water system from approximately 6 m3/h to
  approximately 9 m3/h
- The current rate of water injection is approximately 9 m3/h through the
  fire extinction system piping arrangement and approximately 9m3/h
  through the reactor feed water system piping arrangement . 
Unit 4 (Outage due to regular inspection) 
- At approximately 6:00 am on March 15, we confirmed the explosive sound
  and the sustained damage around the 5th floor rooftop area of Reactor
  Building.
- At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
  the primary containment vessel happened. 
Unit 5 (Outage due to regular inspection) 
- Sufficient level of reactor coolant to ensure safety is maintained.
- At 5:00 am on March 19, we started the Residual Heat Removal System Pump
  (C) in order to cool the spent fuel pool.
- At 2:30 pm on March 20, the reactor achieved cold shutdown.
- At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
  the primary containment vessel happened. 
Unit 6 (Outage due to regular inspection) 
- Sufficient level of reactor coolant to ensure safety is maintained.
- At 10:14 pm on March 19, we started the Residual Heat Removal System
  Pump (B) of Unit 6 in order to cool the spent fuel pool.
- At 7:27 pm on March 20, the reactor achieved cold shutdown.
- At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
  the primary containment vessel happened. 
Operation for cooling the spent fuel pools 
- We will continuously conduct further water spray depending on the
  conditions of spent fuel pools, if needed. 
Others 
- At 1:30 pm on April 26, we started spraying the dust inhibitor inside
  the site.
- At 10:08 am on April 19, we started transfer of high level radioactive
  wastewater from the vertical shaft near the turbine building of Unit 2
  to the Centralized Radiation Waste Treatment Facility.
- At 2:00 pm on May 1, we started transferring the accumulated water in
  turbine building of Unit 6 to temporary tanks.
- At 11:00 am on May 10, we started transferring the accumulated water
  from the underground level of reactor building to the radiation waste
  treatment facility of Unit 6.
- At 6:04 pm on May 17, we started transfer of high level radioactive
  waste water from the underground level of the turbine building of Unit 3
  to the Centralized Radiation Waste Treatment Facility.
- We will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety and to
  continue monitoring the surrounding environment around the power station. 
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