Robots to gauge radiation at Japan’s Nuclear Plant

The operator of Japan’s stricken nuclear plant said Sunday it will send two remote-controlled robots into a reactor building damaged by a hydrogen explosion to gauge radiation and temperature levels.

Emergency workers battling to stabilise the plant after a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems on March 11 have not been able to enter any of the reactor buildings since the disaster.

The explosion — one of several caused when a build-up of hydrogen reacted with oxygen in the atmosphere in the days immediately after the quake — blew the roof off the outer structure housing reactor three.

A spokesman for the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said the two American-made robots would enter the reactor three building on Sunday to check radiation, temperature, humidity and oxygen levels.

Radiation from the overheating reactors has made its way into the air, land and sea, leading the government to impose exclusion zones around the plant in Fukushima prefecture and damaging local fishing and farming industries.

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One Reply to “Robots to gauge radiation at Japan’s Nuclear Plant”

  1. This is a very unfortunate event. We’ve had 50 years of history showing us severe catastrophes that nuclear radiation can cause. I’ve even heard that some brave Japanese workers have given their lives to help clean up the mess. I salute them for their bravery in a toxic situation. I’m glad that they using robots now, makes more sense. I am also praying for this mess to be dissipated quickly and not harm many people. 

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