Take our user survey and make your voice heard.

Small drone flies into damaged Fukushima reactor for first time to study melted fuel


The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Man, it has only taken them 13 years to achieve this.


-12 ( +5 / -17 )

↑ Love this ↑

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

It has taken them 13 years to fly a drone into the plant, collect tons of contaminated water and eventually release it into the ocean. I am supposed to be so appreciative of that. Back in 2011 they initially chose to refuse other countries help, due to 'Japanese technology' being better, but came crawling back cap in hand a few months later begging for France's and the USA's robots. Totally incompetent fools.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

 France's and the USA's robots.

errr.. sorry to burst your bubble... but radioactive stuff is radioactive. Robots (or any equipment) at that time were not able to operate in those conditions.... but you must know that... robots and electrical machinery are as much as sensitive to radiation as humans are.

Yes special shielding can be use to protect the robots, but that meant at the time more weight that the motors (to move the robots) could not stand... so you needed a bigger heavier robot that could not enter the areas with high radiactivity, in this case because there was no way to fit a big bot in a small whole.

So the reason at the time for not using the French and USA robots was because there would be useless under those conditioins.

The water problem was another matter, the technical teams that was assesing the damange notice the water problem after assesing the disaster area, unfortunately in the real world and util this moment there is no system or machinery that can detect instantly everything everywhere under the conditions that the Fukushima reactor was at that time.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Great news.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites