Scaffolding at No.3 Fukushima reactor missing
NHK -- Jul 20
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant says the metal scaffolding right below the damaged No.3 reactor appears to have gone missing after the 2011 disaster.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, started a full-scale robotic probe into the containment vessel on Wednesday.

In the 2011 accident, most of the nuclear fuel in the No.3 reactor is believed to have melted and fallen to the bottom of the containment vessel that covers the reactor. The nuclear fuel is thought to lie within 6-meter-deep water that was injected for cooling.

TEPCO and the Japanese government plan to remove the nuclear fuel debris as part of decommissioning of the reactor. They are trying to locate the debris.

They used a new underwater robot equipped with cameras for Wednesday's probe. It is 30 centimeters long and 13 centimeters wide.

東京電力は19日、福島第1原発3号機の水中ロボット調査に関する記者会見を開いた。原子炉格納容器内の撮影に成功し、複数の構造物の損傷や脱落を確認したと明らかにした。3号機格納容器内の具体的な状況が分かるのは初めて。
News sources: NHK, Kyodo
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