Situation in Fukushima – level 2

25-04-2019 07:00

An earthquake and a tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011. This led to a big explosion. Many fuel rods got too hot and they melted.

People are cleaning up at the power plant, and it will take them up to 40 years. Workers recently started moving one group of fuel rods into a protective container.

The workers are not doing this in person – they are in a control room hundreds of metres away. They are using a crane which they control from the room. In total, they have to move about 1,560 fuel rods.

Difficult words: fuel rod (a long piece of fuel – energy), melt (become soft and more like water), crane (a big, tall machine for moving heavy things).

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