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TEPCO workers enter reactor for first time

05-06-2011 08:50 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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Over to Japan, the country's nuclear safety agency says workers have entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant for the first time since it was hit by an explosion following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The plant's operator TEPCO says two workers entered the reactor building for ten minutes around 11.30 this morning,and were exposed to 2 to 3 millisieverts of radiation.

The workers connected ventilation equipment in Unit one in an attempt to absorb radioactivity from the air inside the building.

Hirota Oyama, TEPCO Spokesman, said, "We just received this information. Operators started construction at noon at the plant Unit one and successfully connected the ventilation equipment at 15.08 today."

TEPCO also says in a report there's no possibility of another hydrogen explosion due to progress in filling the containment vessel.

 

 

The plant's operator TEPCO says two workers entered the reactor building for ten minutes around 11.30 this morning,and were exposed to 2 to 3 millisieverts of radiation.

Junichi Matsumoto, TEPCO General Manager, said, "In regards to the possibility of a hydrogen explosion, there is, at most, less than one percent hydrogen buildup and as such we do not believe it is a problem at this point."

TEPCO says 10 more workers will connect the pipes. A total of 12 workers split into teams are expected to go into the building for short periods to limit their exposure.

The plant's operator TEPCO says two workers entered the reactor building for ten minutes around 11.30 this morning,and were exposed to 2 to 3 millisieverts of radiation.

The workers wear protective gear, masks and air tanks and enter through a special tent set up at the entrance to prevent radiation leaks.

The decision to send the workers in was made after robots collected fresh data showing radiation levels were safe enough for workers to enter some areas.

The plant's operator TEPCO says two workers entered the reactor building for ten minutes around 11.30 this morning,and were exposed to 2 to 3 millisieverts of radiation.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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