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A rat may have caused this week's power outage at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, says the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco).
The company suspects the rodent may have caused a short-circuit in a switchboard, triggering the power cut.
All cooling systems were operational by early Wednesday morning, Tepco said.
It said it found burn marks on a makeshift power switchboard and a 15cm (six-inch) dead animal nearby.
The company released an image of an apparent rodent carcass inside the switchboard unit.
Originally posted by knowledgedesired
reply to post by daryllyn
My house backs up to a nature preserve and we gets mice and rats up in the attic from time to time.
Rats not only chew on wires they freaking chew on everything their little teeth can destroy.
They will chew threw wood two by fours, paneling and anything else they can sink their teeth into.
I sealed up a place where they were coming in and they chewed a hole through the paneling in the house to give them another way out. I use some stuff that burns their nose when they inhale and put up poison bait stations which has them under control now but they can be a PITA.
Originally posted by icanhearmusic
Ok so im an electrician. I come across situations like this from time to time. That photos kind of looks like they have taken a photo of the rat we're they found it. They said the rat had caused a short circuit in the board. If that rat had caused a short circuit it definitely couldn't have from where they 'found it'. It might have from above but its not short circuiting it from down there, so it could have been easily reset. Even if a rat had short circuited a control in the switchboard its not hard to eliminate different circuits and find the problem, and i do know how big the switch boards would be there, plus most of the terminals have easy access because the breakers and controls don't last for ever, plus they would have had a # load of electricians on it.
To me it looks like therve found a dead rat put it in there and taken a photo and said 'it was just a rat haha nothing to worry about'. There hiding something. They hid the truth from us when it happened and then when it went to # the media stopped talking about it and the majority forgot about it.edit on 26-3-2013 by icanhearmusic because: (no reason given)edit on 26-3-2013 by icanhearmusic because: (no reason given)