Asahi: New photos show extensive damage at No. 3 fuel pool — 35-ton machine that appears to be on fuel racks is a crane

Published: April 14th, 2012 at 4:09 am ET
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Title: New photos show damaged fuel storage pool at Fukushima plant
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: April 14, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on April 13 released photos showing extensive damage at the spent fuel storage pool of the No. 3 reactor [...]

Part of the refueling structure, including a crane that weighs 35 tons and is used to lift and move fuel rods, and a fuel storage rack appeared in the photos [...]

The refueling machine is believed to have fallen underwater after a hydrogen explosion in March last year.

[...] the latest photos showed twisted steel frames and other rubble in the water.

[...] Removing the rubble that has piled up around the fuel rods is expected to present a major challenge.

Read the report here

Photos here: Tepco Press Conference: New photos released of debris inside SFP No. 3

See also: Kyodo: Tepco finds 35-ton machine fallen in No. 3 fuel pool -- Appears to have dropped on nuclear fuel racks (VIDEO)

Published: April 14th, 2012 at 4:09 am ET
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