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NCSU hosted briefing on Japanese nuclear crisis

Posted March 23, 2011 12:32 p.m. EDT
Updated March 24, 2011 3:15 p.m. EDT

— Faculty members from the North Carolina State University department of nuclear engineering shared their expertise in nuclear power plant operations and containment Wednesday in a symposium which is open to the public.

Professors John Gilligan, Michael Doster, Paul Turinsky and Man-Sung Yim covered the technical issues Japanese experts may be facing as they struggle to contain and repair damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The professors also answered questions from the audience.

The nuclear plant's cooling systems were wrecked by the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11. Explosions and fires followed in four of the plant's six reactors, leaking radioactive steam into the air. Progress in cooling down the facility has been intermittent and worries about the radiation leaking from the plant's spent nuclear fuel have spread.