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Heatwave drains Tokyo’s power supply

June 29 becomes city’s hottest day in history


It’s been only three months since a tsunami destroyed multiple nuclear reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant and Japan is facing yet another crisis, the Financial Times reports. A heatwave in Tokyo is pushing electricity demand closer to the generating capacity limit, as the city had its hottest June day ever this Wednesday, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees centigrade. Air conditioner usage brought electricity consumption to 93 per cent capacity. Power failures become a risk at 97 per cent, at which point Tokyo Electric Power—operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant—may have to borrow power from neighbouring sources.

The Financial Times

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