Fukushima nuclear reactor detects ‘fission’

Nuclear “fission” could have taken place at the Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi, according to reports. A spokesperson for Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the plant’s operator, said that it […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Nuclear “fission” could have taken place at the Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi, according to reports. A spokesperson for Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the plant’s operator, said that it found traces of xenon, a material created by the process of fission, the nuclear reaction which produces energy under controlled situations, in one of the reactors.

The plant is in the middle of a shut down process after being at the centre of a nuclear crisis when the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan earlier this year.

Tepco said they had poured water and boric acid into the reactor as a precaution. Experts believe there is no extra risk of radiation, reported Reuters.