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Heavy equipment falls into nuclear reactor fuel pool at Japan's Fukushima plant: Operator

Published on Aug 29, 2014 5:23 PM
 
Cranes are seen at the No. 3 reactor building, next to the No.4 building, at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on July 9, 2014. A 400kg machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan's crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - A 400kg machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan's crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it had not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No. 3 reactor.

Friday's incident occurred shortly after noon during a remotely controlled operation to remove debris from the fuel pool at the unit where the broken reactor still lies untouched. The pool contains 566 fuel rods, most of which are spent.

The operating console of the fuel handling machine slipped loose and fell into the pool as it was about to be lifted by a crane, Tepco said in a statement. The console weighed 400kg and measured 160cm by 90 cm by 100 cm, a Tepco official said.

 
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