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New underwater images show damage at Fukushima



JAPAN, OKUMA : This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on April 13, 2012 shows a wrecked 35-ton crane inside a fuel spent pool at the unit three reactor building of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. AFP

TOKYO – Tokyo Electric Power Co. has released dramatic images taken by an underwater camera showing major damage at a spent fuel storage pool at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Photos show a 35-ton crane, set to straddle over the pool, which may have dropped due to a hydrogen explosion three days after the tsunami and earthquake on March 11 last year, TEPCO said when it released the images on Friday.

Twisted fragments from iron frames of the No.3 reactor building were also seen in the 11.8-meter-(39-foot) deep pool.

It was the second time TEPCO released underwater images from inside the reactor building.

There are six reactors at the plant and the No. 3 unit is among three which have suffered meltdowns after the quake-tsunami disaster.


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  • http://twitter.com/ka_marks TheGUM

    This news release reports details about a nuclear disaster without even mentioning the high levels of radiation that is still present in the facility.  It does not even mention that the lands around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are not inhabitable and that those residents affected are suing TEPCO for millions, billions of dollars.

    Since there are previous reports that the contamination inside the plant is so high that even a robotic device cannot be deployed, the TEPCO release of the photo seems like an attempt at damage control by TEPCO.  Or is the PDI not even aware of these facts?  Why is PDI not reporting that the sea waters many miles from Fukushima have registered high levels of radioactivity or that shitaake mushrooms grown far from Fukushima are not fit for human consumption due to high radiation levels detected?



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