TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese nuclear energy station is relying on emergency back up power after a powerful earthquake knocked out electricity on the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, a stark reminder of the Fukushima disaster more than seven years ago.
The three-reactor Tomari nuclear plant, operated by Hokkaido Electric Power (9509.T) and in shutdown since the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, lost power after a magnitude 6.7 quake hit the island in the early hours, the government said.
The station’s fuel rods are being cooled with emergency power supplied by diesel generators, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday.
The atomic regulator said the diesel generators have enough fuel to last seven days.
More than 100 have been injured and 19 are missing following the quake, according to broadcaster NHK.