Fukushima: fuel being removed from one of reactors

In a major step in the decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, the operator has started removing the fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors.

Melted down in the 2011 disaster, the reactor has 566 used and unused fuel units. According to the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), workers have started removing it.

The removal of the fuel units in the pool to the safer ground is crucial to avoid another major disaster in the event of an earthquake.

Workers are using a crane to raise the fuel from a storage rack in the pool and place it into a protective cask. They are operating it from a control room about 500 metres away, to avoid being exposed to high level of radiation.

One of the major challenges Tepco faces would be removing melted fuel from inside the reactors.

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