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TEPCO has removed part of the canopy above a reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to gauge the effects of anti-scattering agents pumped inside.

It was the first time in three years that debris inside the No. 1 reactor building was visible from the outside. The structure, which was destroyed in a hydrogen explosion a day after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, was covered with the canopy in October of that year.

The removal on Oct. 31 of one of six panels that make up the canopy is the initial stage in work to remove debris and nuclear fuel from inside the structure.

TEPCO drilled holes into the panel, which measures 42 meters by 7 meters and weighs 32 tons, on Oct. 22. It then sprayed anti-scattering resin inside to prevent radioactive substances from stirring up into the air.

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TEPCO removes section of radiation cover above Fukushima reactor building (Asahi Newspaper)


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