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Latest Robots Sent Into Fukushima Power Plant Die; Authorities Question Technology

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Leaking radiation levels even melting robots. How on earth are they going to contain this? Heaven help us.

Last Friday marked the fifth year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, and radiation levels are still too high for both humans and robots. The remote controlled robots that were sent into the crippled nuclear reactors have died due to toxic levels of radiation, which tampered with their wiring.

In March 2011, a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami off the coast of Japan, causing three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant to melt to their core. Since then, hundreds of tons of radioactive waste has been leaking into the air, land and sea.

Approximately $21 billion has been spent on decommissioning the power plant, some of which went to a network of robots that were designed to withstand radiation levels lethal to humans. The robots took years to manufacture. They were created to swim through cooling pools at the power plant, which are no longer in operation, and remove hundreds of melted fuel rods. The melted fuel rods are one of the foremost sources of radiation and their disposal is proving to be increasingly difficult.

Sent into the abyss

Read more here: http://right.is/conservative-opinion/2016/03/latest-robots-sent-into-fukushima-power-plant-die-authorities-question-whether-technology-that-can-withstand-radiation-levels-can-be-developed-4158.html

 

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