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Japan:Parts of reactor cover arriving at Fukushima plant

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Laaska News  July 6,2011
Sections for covers that will contain radioactive materials released from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have begun arriving at the site.

The covers will be installed at the No.1, 3 and 4 reactors. Buildings housing these reactors sustained severe damage from hydrogen blasts triggered by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

Pillars, beams and other parts are being pre-assembled at a port 50 kilometers away from the plant.

The concrete bases of the structure will be delivered on Wednesday with more sections arriving from mid-July.

The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company, says it hopes to complete assembly work by late September using a crane with a 140-meter long arm.

Reducing radiation released from the reactor buildings is crucial to getting the crisis under control.

This month, TEPCO will estimate the current amount of radiation released from the reactors. The figures will be used as a reference to gauge the effectiveness of the covers when they are installed.

 

NHK.

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