Robot makes foray into reactor 1
Japan Times -- Mar 20
Tokyo Electric on Sunday confirmed lethally high radiation levels inside the primary containment vessel of reactor 1 at the heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant but found they were not nearly as high as those recently logged in reactor 2.

Using a camera-equipped robot on Saturday, Tepco logged 7.8 sieverts per hour on some grating inside the vessel and 1.5 sieverts per hour in water pooled at its bottom.

東京電力は、福島第一原発1号機の内部に投入した調査ロボットの画像を公開しました。 この調査は、1号機の格納容器に開けた穴からロボットを投入し、カメラをつり降ろして水没しているとみられる溶けた燃料を調べるものです。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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(Japan Today)

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