Robot blamed for Fukushima nuclear plant explosion

Stephen White , June 1st, 2011

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Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has blamed an explosion at Fukushima this week on a heavy machinery robot working on the stricken nuclear plant.

Kyodo News reported that an explosion at 2.30pm on Tuesday was heard at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.

Tepco said a remote controlled robot deployed on the southern side of the No. 4 reactor building  to remove wreckage could have ruptured a gas tank under the plant.

Tepco confirmed that radiation levels had not increased and there had been no injuries from the incident.

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