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Fukushima Radiation Leak is So Bad It’s Killing the Robots Sent in to Clean It Up

(RT) The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is still so toxic that even the robots tasked with cleaning up the site after three catastrophic meltdowns are struggling to ‘survive’.

Five years after a massive earthquake and 10ft-high tsunami laid waste to the energy plant in eastern Japan, the major operation to rid the area of nuclear debris continues.

An estimated $21 billion has been spent on cleanup efforts since 2011, including funding for a team of remote activated robots capable of going to high-dose radiation areas of the plant where humans cannot enter and survive.

However, it has now emerged that at least five of these robots have been lost to the dangers that lurk in Fukushima Daiichi’s severely damaged nuclear reactors and waste treatment buildings.

The machines were overpowered by the sheer scale of radiation during an effort to remove melted fuel rods, Reuters reports.

According to Naohiro Masuda, the man heading up the plant’s decommissioning project, the harmful radiation short-circuits the wiring in the robots, causing them to stop working and leaving them stranded inside the disaster site.

A map released by the plant’s operators, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), just last month shows the high levels of radiation being recorded around the plant’s wrecked reactors.

Areas located close to the initial disaster zone contain levels of radiation above the highest level recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) for rescue workers in emergencies.

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A guide by the World Nuclear Association indicates that exposure to radiation above 1,000 msv is “above the threshold for causing immediate radiation sickness” and increases risks of fatal cancer in humans.

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Robot crew

TEPCO currently uses custom-built robots to tackle specific areas of the Fukushima reactors. The cleanup droids include models named Sakura and Rosemary – two robots which survey the source of radiation on the second and third floors of volatile reactor buildings.


Meanwhile, dry ice blasters and a snake-like vacuum called the Raccoon are used to decontaminate parts of the plant.

A tractor-like device, called the Frigo-MA, has also been developed to “investigate small rooms in the reactor buildings,” TEPCO says.

Japanese company Toshiba is currently working on a specially designed device that could extract exposed fuel rods from the Fukushima plant unit 1. The large robotic arm is capable of slicing up nuclear waste and removing it from the site.

  • john smith

    I hope someone else can see how this relates to the space hoax

  • Giovanni Pincoletti

    Fukishima is a tumor on the world. It is the cancer of the Earth that will be with us for generations to come.

    The reason why you do not hear much about Fukishima in the news, other than it is a technology they cannot control and that it is causing widespread cancer, is because as dangerous as it has been proven, they still plan on building more nuclear facilities and having us accept them as a means in the reduction of carbon.

  • AJ

    In addition to the elevated cancer risks that the general population will now have to endure, the Fukushima meltdowns are destroying the entire food chain in the Pacific Ocean. Some of the smallest organisms, known as phytoplankton, are dying off in massive quantities. These organisms are responsible for producing 70 percent of the Earth’s oxygen. It is both sad and tragic that many people choose to remain blissfully unaware of the long-term consequences surrounding the depletion of the Earth’s oxygen levels. Now that we’re at the 5 year point following these triple nuclear meltdowns, along with the hundreds of tons of spent nuclear fuel that were stored on site, the global health consequences are going to begin manifesting at an exponential rate. These adverse health effects are going to become more evident with increasing numbers of thyroid, bone, and blood cancers to those living in the Northern hemisphere, especially with regard to infants and children. If the Fukushima disaster isn’t an Extinction Level Event in and of itself, then we should all look forward to the consequences of the world’s remaining 450+ nuclear reactors and what may happen when the next nuclear reactor melts down.

    • Jakob

      Speaking of the remaining 450+ nuclear reactors world wide……I wonder where they store their “spent” fuel rods…..I wouldn’t be surprised if they dump them in the oceans

  • Raiden TrippleX

    Typical propaganda bullshit