18:12 9 January 2014
Fuel meltdown experiment eyed to learn more about Fukushima crisis
TOKYO, Jan. 9, Kyodo
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is planning to melt a small nuclear fuel rod in an experiment at its research facility in March to figure out how meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, officials said Thursday.
The experiment could offer clues about the state of the fuel left inside the three crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors, which remains uncertain. Removing the fuel from the reactors will be the biggest challenge in dismantling the plant.
"We hope to use the data obtained through the experiment to improve the accuracy of the analysis of the Fukushima accident," a JAEA official said.
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