Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

Robot finds possible melted fuel in Fukushima reactor

Images captured on July 22 of solidified nuclear fuel debris at the bottom of a containment vessel of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant show the enormity of decommissioning of the facility.

Holdings Inc., Japan's biggest utility, released images on Saturday of mounds of black rock and sand-like substances at the bottom of the No. 3 reactor containment vessel at Fukushima, which is likely to contain melted fuel, according to Takahiro Kimoto, an official at the company.

This could mark the first time signs of melted fuel have been found since the 2011 natural disaster and tsunami destroyed the Japanese nuclear plant.

The probe to examine the condition of melted fuel inside unit three follows the first on Wednesday inside the reactor's containment vessel, which houses a damaged pressure vessel and partially filled with contaminated water.

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Locating the fuel in each of the three wrecked reactors is crucial for the plant's decommissioning.

The disaster killed and missing more than 18,500 people.

But the mission at the No. 2 reactor was aborted as the robot had difficulty moving and could not reach its target destination beneath the pressure vessel, through which nuclear fuel is believed to have melted.

On Saturday, the machine went deeper near the bottom of the containment vessel. Meanwhile, Friday's investigation focused searching the area in detail before examining fuel debris inside the vessel. The power plant was badly damaged by a tsunami in 2011, causing the most serious nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. (TEPCO), the company's robot was able to discover "large amounts" of solidified lava, with thickness estimated to be around the three-foot (one-meter) mark. However, a follow-up survey by another Toshiba-designed robot in February failed to confirm the location of any melted fuel in the reactor after it got stuck in debris.

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