Pos­si­ble nu­clear de­bris

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TOKYO: Tepco, the op­er­a­tor of Ja­pan’s wrecked Fukushima nu­clear plant, has found pos­si­ble nu­clear fuel de­bris be­low the dam­aged No 2 re­ac­tor, one of three that had melt­downs in the 2011 dis­as­ter.

It would mark a sig­nif­i­cant break­through in at­tempts to clean up the nu­clear plant, af­ter years of de­lays, mis­steps and leaks of ra­dioac­tive wa­ter. Find­ing the highly ra­dioac­tive melted ura­nium rods may pave the way for re­mov­ing the melted fuel.

Tepco de­tected a black lump of ma­te­rial di­rectly be­low the re­ac­tor in an in­spec­tion by cam­era yes­ter­day but can­not yet con­firm what it is. An an­nounce­ment was ex­pected later. Reuters –

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