Tepco halts cooling system at nuclear plant after sparks-Kyodo

TOKYO, July 7 Thu Jul 7, 2011 6:19am EDT

TOKYO, July 7 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, located near the tsunami-crippled Daiichi plant, on Thursday halted the cooling system at one of its reactors after electrical sparks were detected, Kyodo news agency reported.

Tokyo Electric Power , the plant's operator, expects to be able to restore the cooling system at the Daini plant's No.1 reactor before the end of Thursday, Kyodo said.

The Daini plant, about 240 km (150 miles) from Tokyo, is located several miles along the Pacific coast from the Daiichi plant, damaged severely by the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.

The Daini plant suffered less damage from the disasters and is currently in cold shutdown. (Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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