Inside Fukushima: Eerie drone footage reveals first ever look at melted nuclear reactor with 880 tonnes of radioactive fuel still inside - 13 years after disaster

March 19, 2024

Eerie new drone footage has for the first time revealed the extent of the damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant 13 years on from its meltdown. Officials had long hoped to reach the area to examine the core and melted nuclear fuel which dripped there when the plant's cooling systems were damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. About 880 tons of highly radioactive melted nuclear fuel remain inside the three damaged reactors. The Fukushima disaster was one of the world's most devastating nuclear mishaps. The nuclear disaster was classified as a Level Seven event by the International Atomic Energy Agency, only the second event since Chernobyl's fourth reactor went into meltdown in 1986.