Fukushima camera probe hits a snag

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Workers attempting to get a better look inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have encountered a problem.

On Tuesday they inserted a camera in a pipe leading into the container vessel of the No. 2 reactor, with the aim of capturing footage of molten fuel inside.

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But plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company says the camera, which is marginally smaller than the pipe, quickly became stuck.

TEPCO says a simulated trial run went off without a hitch. The utility will investigate what went wrong before deciding whether to try again.

Workers need a clearer picture of the debris to determine how best to remove it, an important step in the decommissioning process for the 3 reactors that suffered meltdowns.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_22/

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