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(Update) TEPCO Robot Fails to Reach Target Area inside Crippled Reactor

(Update) TEPCO Robot Fails to Reach Target Area inside Crippled Reactor

   Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> said Thursday a self-propelled survey robot was unable to reach a target area under the pressure vessel of the crippled No. 2 reactor at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
   A form of sediment was found under the pressure vessel, which contains the core of the reactor, in a previous survey. It is suspected to be nuclear fuel that melted and dropped through the vessel following the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
   TEPCO tried to send the robot, called Scorpion, to the scaffolding under the pressure vessel to gather information about the sediment.
   The robot entered the containment vessel, which shrouds the pressure vessel, through a hole and captured images while running along a path, but was unable to accomplish its mission, TEPCO said.
   TEPCO terminated the survey, leaving the Scorpion on the path, it said.

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