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» March 18th blackout was caused by a rat

Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator of Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, said on March 20,2013 that they found the remains of a small animal like rat inside the housing of a scorched switchboard. Now they believe this animal was the cause of a short circuit in a switchboard that may have led to the power outage at the plant, disabling cooling systems for spent fuel pools on March 18th.
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Rat suspected of causing power problem at Fukushima plant (Mainichi Newspaper)

Fukushima blackout investigators examine dead rat (Asahi Newspaper)

Fukushima plant outage reveals lack of backup power source 2 years after crisis outbreak (Mainichi Newspaper)

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