Fukushima reactor is not in critical state – xenon traces were from natural reactions

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the No. 2 reactor at its destroyed Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station isn’t in a critical state after the company detected signs of nuclear fission.

The discovery of xenon, announced yesterday, at the plant was caused by “natural” nuclear fission, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the company known as Tepco, said today at a press briefing in Tokyo

Tepco may not be able to achieve its goal of stabilizing Fukushima by the end of this year, the Mainichi newspaper reported today, without citing anybody. The incident won’t affect the schedule, Matsumoto said yesterday.

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