The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster Breakthrough

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The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster will remain in the minds of many Japanese. This might be the reason why the Japanese government is so determined in doing away with nuclear power plants and switching to alternative sources of electricity. Just the other day, a number of Japanese engineers prepared for what would become one of their greatest achievements in their lives. They were preparing to control a robot that had been designed to understand the nature of the meltdown. This would be an achievement for them as a number of robots had failed before. For instance, these robots would malfunction when their circuits were exposed to the excess radiation near the reactors. However, the new version aims at solving all these problems, and it has been referred to as Mini-Manbo in Japanese. For English speakers, this is used to mean little sunshine. This means that the robot had been designed using materials that are resistant to radiation. The robot has the capability of hovering and gliding at the same time, and this is why it has tiny propellers. In term of size, the robot has the size of a shoe box. The robot made it to day three of the mission. This meant that it had successfully and carefully studied the destroyed reactors.

The robot didn’t reach the Unit three reactor until the third day. The cameras of the robot relayed live streams of what was happening at the reactor. They also took some pictures of what was happening on the ground. These went down in history as the first images to have ever been taken of the damaged Unit Three reactor. Through these missions, Japanese researchers have been able to access the fuel sources of these reactors. This might be the reason why they referred to the latest discovery as the turning point. At the moment, the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant disaster is the second worst disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. For the accident that occurred on 11th March 2011, the Japanese officials have always been mystified by the fate of the fuel. This accident happened when a nearby area was hit by an earthquake. When the earthquake hit the power plant, the important cooling systems of the power plants were knocked out. This made half of the reactors in the plant to experience a meltdown. Workers in the nuclear power plant were not sure about the distance that molten fuel had travelled.

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