Skip to comments.Cleaner Robot Pulled From Fukushima Reactor Due to Immense Radiation
Posted on 02/10/2017 4:05:34 PM PST by markomalley
A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely caused by high radiation levels.
It was the first time a robot has entered the chamber inside the Unit 2 reactor since a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami critically damaged the Fukushima Da-ichi nuclear plant.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it was trying to inspect and clean a passage before another robot does a fuller examination to assess damage to the structure and its fuel. The second robot, known as the "scorpion," will also measure radiation and temperatures.
Thursday's problem underscores the challenges in decommissioning the wrecked nuclear plant. Inadequate cleaning, high radiation and structural damage could limit subsequent probes, and may require more radiation-resistant cameras and other equipment, TEPCO spokesman Takahiro Kimoto said.
"We will further study (Thursday's) outcome before deciding on the deployment of the scorpion," he said.
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And somewhere in Stan Lee’s brain, a new Avengers villain begins to take shape.
Drop a highly efficient Fusion device in the hole and touch it off. Burn the bad emitters into inert state.
Get some stones Japan and light fuse, get away.
Would that just redirect the radiation away from the water table and into airborne fallout?
I think if I was alive in 2100 I will be reading a similar story...
That will be a big Worker’s Comp claim.
>Would that just redirect the radiation away from the water table and into airborne fallout?
Not if it was hot enough to make it inert. Energy, time are factors that can be tuned. Make it hot real quick.
New robots entering Fukushima should take a few pages from the Juno spacecraft. If some technology can withstand for a few years the radiation of Jupiter, it might come in handy with Fukushima.
Juno works somewhat because of its orbit and speed going thru the radiation belts, but has internal shielding technology as well.
That's not much different from putting an M-80 into a sack of dog crap and setting off in the middle of your dinner table with a full set of guests assembled. Everyone get covered.
>>Drop a highly efficient Fusion device in the hole and touch it off. Burn the bad emitters into inert state.
>That’s not much different from putting an M-80 into a sack of dog crap and setting off in the middle of your dinner table
Well, if one does not know the propagation time difference of a nuclear reaction or a simple deflagration (like flash powder) used in M-80s then I’ll just hope those in charge do.
Fusion can create enough heat in short order to render radioactive fission products inert.
Facts are good to know.
How nice, they saved me. Why bother?
Except that the article is misrepresenting the location of the robot. It was inside the containment. It was not inside the reactor. Big difference.
Once again we’re served BS by journalists exaggerating a humdrum event to something extraordinarily worrisome in order to qualify it as “If it bleeds it leads.”
>Once again were served BS by journalists exaggerating a humdrum event to something extraordinarily worrisome
You are Exactly right.
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