19 Jan '12, 8pm

TEPCO uses camera to survey Fukushima reactor

TEPCO uses camera to survey Fukushima reactor

TOKYO: The operators of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Thursday they had passed an industrial camera into one of the wrecked reactors, in their first attempt to directly check the interior. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it had managed to derive some new information from the first images taken by the endoscope in the survey at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. "The visual artifacts provoked by the high level of radiation and other leaks inside are a viewing obstacle, but nevertheless the images are of relatively good quality in some areas," TEPCO official Junichi Matsumoto said. The survey aimed to check the level of cooling water inside the reactor, as well as the temperature. "The amount of water appears to be less than what has been estimated up to now," Matsumoto said. However, the temperature, 44.7 degrees Celsius (112.5 deg...

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