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Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on Sept. 18 that it has confirmed that steel struts for the exhaust stack for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were damaged or fractured in eight locations.

TEPCO believes the damage was caused by temblors from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. In the wake of the outbreak of the nuclear crisis, the exhaust stack was used as a vent system to lower pressure inside the containment vessels for the No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear reactors. The damage was inflicted on one of the key facilities that require the highest durability, and therefore it could affect the screening by the Nuclear Regulation Authority of other nuclear facilities across the country for their restart.
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Exhaust stack for 2 crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors found damaged: TEPCO (Mainichi Newspaper)

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