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Robot ventures inside Fukushima reactor 3

Posted on Sunday, 23 July, 2017 | Comment icon 5 comments

Efforts are underway to decommission the facility. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 IAEA Imagebank
Scientists in Japan have identified what could be fuel debris within the devastated nuclear reactor.
Regarded as the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, the incident at Fukushima, which occurred back in 2011, was triggered by a tsunami which knocked out the station's cooling pumps.

Efforts to clean up the site have been ongoing ever since.

This week, scientists and engineers investigating the interior of the reactor using a special remote-operated robot have located icicle-like structures hanging near a control rod drive that they believe could be corium - a type of nuclear fuel debris formed during a meltdown.

"It is important to know the exact locations and the physical, chemical, radiological forms of the corium to develop the necessary engineering defueling plans for the safe removal of the radioactive materials," said Lake Barrett, a former official at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"The recent investigation results are significant early signs of progress on the long road ahead."

A Japanese news report with images from inside the reactor can be viewed below.

Source: Japan Times | Comments (5)

Tags: Fukushima, Nuclear

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by BeastieRunner on 24 July, 2017, 16:14
Well ... progress is progress, right?
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 24 July, 2017, 17:35
I wonder how many of these prehistoric fish that have been showing up are because of this.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever on 25 July, 2017, 19:38
I feel like this is one of the scariest things happening on our planet right now. I truly hopethey are successful in containing this mess
Comment icon #4 Posted by The Silver Thong on 25 July, 2017, 19:52
"If confirmed, it would be a major milestone in the clear-up operation." I hope they meantclean up
Comment icon #5 Posted by RoofGardener on 25 July, 2017, 20:01
Unfortunately, the National Geographic website objects to "add blockers", and prevents me from viewing it. I assume this means it would try and launch unsolicited "auto-play" video's and adverts at me. So I'll never know

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