During three days of inspection, an underwater robot detected large amounts of solidified waste and deposits on the premises of the Tokyo Electric Power Co.
"There is a high probability that these solidified remains are a mixture of molten metal and nuclear fuel," said a Tepco spokesman, specifying that the company was going to carry out additional analysis of the images.
In the images, released by the operator, you can see the damage caused by the accident inside reactor 3, which is flooded with sea water injected to cool the nuclear material during the nuclear crisis. Being able to locate these fuel remains is essential to be able to proceed with the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
TEPCO previously released images captured by the aquatic robot during the explorations conducted on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd, but until now it had not released the images showing the alleged nuclear waste inside the unit.