Enenews – Accident In Reactor 3 Fuel Pool At Fukushima – Large Piece Of Wreckage Falls Nearby Spent Uranium rods — M5 Quake Hits Plant Soon After — Official: “Unable To Say” Whether Any Are Damaged – 1 September 2014

enenewslogoPublished: August 29th, 2014 at 5:43 pm ET
By ENENews

AFP, Aug 29, 2014: [TEPCO] said it had not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No. 3 reactor… Friday’s incident occurred shortly after noon during a remotely controlled operation to remove debris from the fuel pool at the unit where the broken reactor still lies untouched… The operating console of the fuel handling machine slipped loose and fell into the pool… In a vivid reminder of the fragility of the area, a magnitude-5.0 quake struck off the Fukushima coast hours after…

Bloomberg News, Aug 29, 2014: A 400 kg piece of equipment slipped from a crane and fell back into a pool holding spent uranium fuel rods… [It] is about a meter wide and 1.6 meters high…  Today, the utility known as Tepco was attempting to move the device as part of its cleanup at the site, said spokesman Hiroshi Itagaki… Itagaki said the company is unable to say at present whether the accident damaged any of the uranium fuel rods in the pool.

Enformable, Aug 29, 2014: At the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers accidentally dropped a large piece of debris into the Unit 3 spent fuel pool… that weighs almost a thousand pounds… TEPCO is working to check the 566 spent fuel assemblies in the Unit 3 spent fuel pool to see if any of them have been damaged by the most recent accident.

NHK, Aug 29, 2014: TEPCO says the pool contains 566 nuclear fuel rods, and that it is trying to check whether any of them have been damaged. >> Watch the broadcast here

See also: Asahi: Tepco to check for “smashed fuel rods” after large piece of debris fell at Fukushima Unit 3 pool

And: 25-foot-long metal beam drops into Reactor No. 3 pool at Fukushima — Not clear if any fuel rods have broken — Could further complicate removal efforts (VIDEO)

Video: Gundersen – Obviously much of Unit 3 spent fuel is damaged… highly damaged – May have to be cut out of the racks using robotic tools

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