TEPCO to complete radioactive debris cleanup work at Fukushima plant by July
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) expects to complete work to clean up radioactive debris at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant by July, the Japanese TV channel NHK reported on Sunday, referring to TEPCO.
TEPCO has created a map of radiation levels as part of its removal of radioactive debris at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the TV channel said, RIA Novosti reported.
According to TEPCO, highly radioactive debris is lying in some areas of the compound. Radioactivity of 900 millisieverts per hour was detected on a concrete fragment near the third reactor on Wednesday, the TV channel said.
The company has said, however, that it hasn't decided yet on places and methods of disposing of removed debris.
The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent 15-meter tsunami on March 11 triggered a crisis at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which is being rated at the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Fukushima's operator has since been struggling to stop radioactive leaks from the plant's crippled reactors. Almost 80,000 people living within the evacuation zone were forced to flee their homes.