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14:20 30 January 2017

Possible nuclear fuel debris sighted under damaged Fukushima reactor

TOKYO, Jan. 30, Kyodo

The operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power station on Monday found beneath the plant's No. 2 reactor what could be nuclear fuel debris left from the meltdown disaster in March 2011.

If confirmed to be such debris, its sighting, made through a remotely controlled camera attached to the end of a 10.5-meter-long telescopic arm, could shed light on the actual condition of melted fuel inside a damaged reactor for the first time.

During an inspection of the reactor containment vessel it conducted in the morning, the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., found a black mass on a grating structure just beneath the containment vessel.

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