One of the world's largest concrete pumps is driven into the belly of a Russian Antonov AN-24 cargo jet at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday. The pump is one of two being sent to Japan to assist with radiation containment at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The pump comes mounted on a 26-wheel truck. Its extendable boom can reach more than 60 meters, and can be operated up to 3 kms away by remote control, making it possible to shoot water into hard-to-reach places. If necessary, the pump could also entomb a damaged nuclear reactor in concrete. After a 1986 disaster, Putzmeister sent 11 pumps to pour concrete over parts of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine.© Japan Today
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