January 30, 2017 / 10:47 AM / a year ago

Tepco says not clear if material found under Fukushima reactor is melted fuel

TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, said on Monday it is not clear if material found below the damaged No. 2 reactor at the site is melted nuclear fuel.

The utility inserted a camera under the reactor vessel and images from the probe showed black material coating a grating.

Tepco cannot rule out the possibility the material is uranium fuel that melted down in the 2011 disaster and will continuing analysing the photos and data, a spokesman told reporters at a press conference.

Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Writing by Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Tom Hogue

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