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Japan prepares for most deadly part of clean-up

Reuters, TOKYO

Each fuel rod assembly weighs about 300kg and is 4.5m long. There are 1,331 of the spent fuel assemblies and a further 202 unused assemblies are also stored in the pool, Nagai said.

Almost 550 assemblies had been removed from the reactor core just before the quake and tsunami set off the crisis. These are the most dangerous because they have only been cooling in the pool for two-and-a-half years.

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