Fuel being extracted from power plant…

I’ve been showing a lot of photos of the cherry blossoms and I’d like to get back to discussing the situation at the nuclear power plant (Fukushima Daiichi.)

Since the meltdowns in 2011, there has been nuclear fuel that has been sitting there inside the plant. Pardon me. I’m a writer. Let me rephrase that:

Since the meltdowns in 2011, a soup of nuclear fuel has been burbling in its tureen located deep inside the labrynth of Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Incredibly dangerous to us mortals, only robots have ventured in, wheeling themselves through corridors of debris, swimming through dank water-filled rooms. Each robot has failed. Finally, the smallest robot declared that she wished to be sent on the mission. No! It is surely a mission of death! But she insisted: I’m the smallest, the bravest. I will reach the deadly nuclear fuel soup! 

And she set out, winding her way through the building’s empty shell, not giving up. Exhausted, she climbed the last bit of her journey, and then she made it! She took a photo. Click. And a video. She hit the send button.

She had succeeded. Now we humans have information about the nuclear fuel. Her mission is complete.

Here is the robot’s video:

https://www4.tepco.co.jp/en/news/library/archive-e.html?video_uuid=f4i7ojxp&catid=61795

Now news is coming in that TEPC is transferring the fuel to a different location for better storage and management.

This is a link to TEPCO’s site. https://www7.tepco.co.jp/responsibility/decommissioning/action/spent_fuel/unit3-e.html

Now keep in mind that TEPCO owns the plant and is responsible for the accident. So looking at their site is like looking at whitehouse.gov to find out what’s going on in the United States of America.

Nevertheless.

Here is a news source (Mainichi) article: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190423/p2g/00m/0na/060000c

I was wondering: how much nuclear fuel is it, anyway? Like, more or less than a cup of coffee?

According to this article from 2011, Reactor Number Three has 88 tons of nuclear fuel. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nuclear-fuel-fukushima/ So more than a cup of coffee. A lot more.

I hope you have a nice week.

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