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May 10, 2017

A tiny robot is here to help after emergency declared at U.S. nuclear waste site

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Mashable – A small robot is roving around a massive U.S. nuclear waste site to gather critical samples of potential air and water contamination after an emergency was declared Tuesday.

The machine was deployed after a tunnel that stores rail cars filled with radioactive waste partially collapsed at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. 

The mishap raised fears of a radiation leak at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, though officials said there was no actual indication of a release of plutonium radiation as of 2:20 p.m. PDT. 

The air- and soil-sampling robot is monitoring for any changes on the scene.

Read more at Mashable.