TEPCO to open museum on Fukushima Daiichi

The Tokyo Electric Power Company will open a museum featuring the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the ongoing work to scrap its reactors.

The company says it will turn an existing facility in Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture, into the museum and open it at the end of November. The facility is now used as a base for visitors to the plant.

The 2-story building will have display areas totaling about 1,900 square meters.

The displays on the 2nd floor will focus on how workers at the plant dealt with the accident and lessons learned from it.

Visitors will be able to watch a video made with computer graphics of conditions in and outside a reactor from the beginning of the accident to a state of cold shutdown, when water temperatures inside reactors fall below 100 degrees Celsius.

The situation in the central control room will be recreated as a drama.

The theme of the first floor will be the decommissioning of the reactors.

Models will show the flow of groundwater around reactor buildings and how radioactive water is processed. A life-sized cross-section image of a reactor will be displayed on the floor. Visitors will be able to see how a robot moves inside the reactor during a probe.

TEPCO says admission to the museum will be free.