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June 10, 2013


Inside Fukushima two years on: radiation levels too high to enter reactors

Two years on from the second-worst nuclear disaster in history, The Telegraph's Julian Ryall visits the Fukushima nuclear plant to see what progress - if any - is being made.




A radiation monitor indicates 114.00 microsieverts per hour near No.4 reactor and it's foundation construction Photo: Reuters

4:05PM GMT 06 Mar 2013


Radiation levels within three of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Nuclear plant in Japan are still too high for people to start decommissioning the reactors, two years on from the second-worst nuclear disaster in history.

Scientists still do not have a firm understanding of the precise conditions of the reactor cores in three of the six units at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, and are resorting to using remote-controlled vehicles to get inside the tangle of wires, pipes and rubbles that has lain untouched since the tsunami tore through the facility.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant's operator, insists that much has been achieved to bring the situation at the reactors under control. Radiation levels are declining, work is under way to build a crane that will be able to remove the spent fuel rods from the No. 4 unit at the plant and the debris is being cleared away.

For all the upbeat assessments emerging from TEPCO however, no one has been able to spend more than a couple of minutes at a time inside the three reactor buildings since they were crippled by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, which killed almost 16,000 people nationwide, and the scale of the problem in those units is still not clear.


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