18 Jul '12, 9am

Workers remove nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant, for the 1st time since last year's tsunami-sparked crisis

Workers remove nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant, for the 1st time since last year's tsunami-sparked crisis

This aerial view shows the damaged No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. The operator of the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in last year's disaster is taking two fuel rods out of a spent-fuel pool Wednesday to start dealing with a major remaining risk there. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO (AP) - A giant crane removed two rods packed with nuclear fuel from the Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday, the beginning of a delicate and long process to deal with a remaining risk of more radiation escaping from the disaster-struck plant. All of the 1,535 rods next to reactor No. 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in north-eastern Japan must eventually be removed from a spent-fuel pool to safer storage - an effort expected to take through the end of n...

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