Another part of Japan’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has been entered by workers – for the first time since an explosion two months ago.
Wearing protective suits and carrying oxygen supplies, they stayed inside the No. 2 reactor building for only 15 minutes or so. The temperature remains extremely high.
Tokyo Electric hopes to bringing the damaged reactors under control by January despite admitting it faces bigger challenges than first disclosed.
In the wake of March’s disaster Japan must rethink how nuclear power is regulated and explore other energy sources, according to Prime Minister Naoto Kan. But he has stopped short of declaring a clean break with atomic energy.
Amid warnings that winds could transport
radioactive particles, a further 5,000 people are being urged to leave their homes around the plant.