In Japan, the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant began to remove fuel rods in the third nuclear power plant reactor.
Works are carried out with the help of a crane and a manipulator with a remote control. This is the first attempt to extract fuel after a disaster. Currently, 514 highly radioactive spent and 52 unused fuel rods are in the reactor basin.
The rods will be placed in the cooled pool of another nuclear power plant. It is assumed that in 2023, work on the extraction of all rods will be completed. Together, there are 1573 rods in the three reactors.
In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred in Japan. The aftershocks caused a tsunami wave that hit the coast of Fukushima Prefecture and damaged the Fukushima NPP-1.