Situation in Fukushima – level 3

25-04-2019 07:00

An earthquake and a tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, which led to a massive hydrogen explosion causing the fuel rods to overheat and melt.

People expect that the clean-up plan will take up to 40 years to complete, and workers started removing fuel rods from one of the three melted reactors into a protective cask on Monday, April 15th.

The workers are using a remotely-operated crane from a control room hundreds of metres away. In total, there are about 1,560 fuel rods near the three melted reactors that need to be moved.

Difficult words: fuel rod (a long piece of fuel – energy), cask (a large container/tank/barrel), remotely (from afar – some distance).

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