Fukushima disaster: robots sent in to fix nuclear reactors have ‘died’ say owners Tepco

0702robot01Exactly five years after the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster, robots sent into the radioactive site to repair reactors are “dying.” Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), which owns the power station and is responsible for decommissioning the site, says that as soon as the specially-built robots get close to the damaged reactors, the radiation destroys their circuitry. A total of 19,000 people died or are still missing following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami which struck the east coast of Japan on 11 March 2011. A 10-metre tsunami overwhelmed the defensive walls of Fukushima, badly damaging several of the reactors. An area 20 km (12 miles) in radius had to be evacuated following the radiation leak and thousands are still unable to return home. It is estimated that the clear-up of the site could take 30-40 years, with the final costs – both physical and financial – still unknown. Read More

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