Underwater Probe on Fukushima Initiated

Underwater Probe on Fukushima Initiated

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The 2011 disaster in Fukushima has largely been deemed as the second largest nuclear meltdown in the history of mankind. The radiation emitted from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has already massively contaminated the surrounding soil and has pushed nearby civilians to leave the location. The actual extent of damage at the site of the power plant has so far been unclear, and scientists have sent a robot to find it out.

A Journey Begins
The robot entered the structure of the power plant on Wednesday morning, at 0630 hours. The robot contains different sorts of attachments to help in capturing footage and guiding itself through the wrecked site. The robot entered from underwater and through a pipe that connected it to the containment vessel, which stored the pressure vessel of the reactor. The robot will be controlled remotely and will be connected to the operator controllers using cables. The robot is primarily designed to go underwater and is equipped with a camera.

Second Round on Friday
After the first trip is successful, the robot will be sent to the site again on Friday, but this time it will be driven to the bottom of the containment vessel. Researchers have postulated that a majority of the molten fuel in the wreckage would be deposited here. Tepco had already injected about 6.4 meters of water into the wreckage to cool the fuels.

Robotics have been used increasingly at the Fukushima site for maintenance, research, and exploration. So far seven robots have already been sacrificed for these operations, due to the massively hostile environment in the region.