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Monday, April 18, 2011

Japan : Robot used to investigate reactor buildings

Article from NHK News :

" Tokyo Electric Power Company has started using a remote-controlled robot to investigate the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

High levels of radiation have kept workers from approaching the buildings of the first 3 reactors, which lost their cooling functions in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

The utility started investigating the buildings using a US-made remote-controlled robot on Sunday, starting with the No.3 reactor building.

The robot took photos inside the building and measured radiation and oxygen levels as well as the temperature and humidity.

The utility says it is analyzing the findings.

If successful, the condition inside the No.3 reactor building will be known for the first time since a hydrogen explosion occurred there on March 14th.

TEPCO says it will conduct the same investigation inside the No.1 and 2 reactor buildings, and use the findings to study what work can be done."

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