Almost six years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the utility in charge of the plant is still having problems getting its message across. When Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. last week gave new radiation readings higher than any previously announced, it thrust the cleanup of the nuclear plant back in the spotlight, creating alarm in the process. “Radiation levels are soaring,” tech blog Gizmodo said. Fox anchor Lou Dobbs tweeted to his 1.1 million followers that the mainstream media was ignoring the “worsening disaster.” Even China’s Foreign Ministry issued a safety alert to tourists visiting the country. There was just one problem — there was no rise in the radiation readings at all. By putting a camera inside of the primary containment vessel of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 2 reactor, which experienced a meltdown in the 2011 disaster, Tepco collected data closer than ever before to what could be the source of radiation. As well as capturing images of what may be the melted fuel, Tepco was able to estimate radiation levels, arriving at a figure of about 530 sieverts an hour, the company said last week. On Thursday, it said it recorded a reading of 650 sieverts per hour, according to Kyodo News. The utility aims to send a robot into the vessel as soon as this month to confirm if has located the fuel.
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A cleaning robot at Fukushima nuclear power plant has had to be pulled out before completing its mission after its camera experienced glitches. It’s believed the high-tech device was affected by high radiation as it examined the inside of the No. 2 reactor, one of three that suffered a meltdown in the combined 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
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