Operator starts removing fuel after power plant accident

It will take two years to remove all fuel from a cooling pool in the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant. After that, the clean-up of two additional reactors will follow.

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For the first time since the 2011 accident, the operator of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant has begun removing fuel from the plant, informs Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) Monday.

It has been more eight years since Japan's northeastern coast was hit by a tsunami caused by a powerful earthquake on March 11, 2011. The tsunami destroyed more than 260 cities and also washed over the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing a meltdown of three reactors.

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