Fukushima, which has yet to be wrapped up into the world’s most surreal Christo project, has now entered the realm of the sitcom farce. According to Dow Jones, “A small 8.2 kilogram drone aircraft gathering data from heavily damaged areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant lost control Friday and landed on the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.TO) said. The vehicle, known as a T-Hawk, is about 50 centimeters in diameter and looks like a small jet pack. It is used primarily by the military for reconnaissance work in dangerous areas. It has been used at Fukushima Daiichi since mid-April to assist in damage assessment.” What next: Getco’s SkyNet bots take control of the Johnny 5′s crawling and snapping pics inside the damaged reactors and all commit ritual suicide in the spent fuel rod pool (while churning shares of GM stock of course).
There is nothing to worry about though: according to Tepco, which has a lot of credibility in this sort of thing, it is all under control. From Dow Jones:
The company said there didn’t appear to be any damage from the impact of the vehicle, with no fire or smoke observed following the accident. It wasn’t known if the vehicle was damaged in any way.
Tepco spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said that due to its small size and weight, the drone is “unlikely to crash through the rooftop and damage the reactor.”
Tepco said it may attempt to retrieve the unit using a long crane.
The No. 2 unit is the only one of the four affected reactors to retain its roof following explosions at units 1, 3 and 4 that destroyed much of their outer buildings.It won’t retain its roof for much longer if various airplanes keep crashing into it…