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'Difficult and delicate operation' at Fukushima plant

Engineers are preparing to extract the first of more than 1,000 nuclear fuel rods from one of the wrecked reactor buildings at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power station.

This building was badly damaged by an explosion in March 2011 following the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and the fuel rods are currently in a precarious state in a cooling pool.

The operation is seen as an essential but risky step on the long road towards stabilising the site, as Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

  • 07 Nov 2013
  • From the section Asia
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