Title: Removal of steel members started at Fukushima I unit 3
Source: The Denki Shimbun
Date: Sep. 25, 2012
Caption: Columns and beams of the unit 3 building are bent inward
Unit 3 [...] is slated to complete debris removal by around next summer.
What is different from unit 4, which has completed debris removal, is that columns and beams of unit 3 are bent inward. Because many of the columns and beams of unit 4 were bent outward, it was possible to handle them remotely with a large crane. A platform will be constructed around the unit 3 building at the height of the fifth floor, and debris will be removed with heavy machines deployed on the platform.
Some steel members are submerged in the unit 3 pool as deep as about 3.5 meters [~12 feet]. Although they do not interfere with the fuel at present because the top of the fuel is at about 8 meters deep [~26 feet], TEPCO intends to pull them out while taking care not to damage the fuel.
Published: September 26th, 2012 at 3:05 am ET