Giant concrete pump heads to Japanese nuclear plant

One of the world’s largest concrete pumps is headed to Japan from the U.S. to help handle the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The 190,000-pound truck pump had been at work on the Savannah River. The pump is one of a handful of such trucks built by Putzmeister, a German company. It joins several other large pumps from around the world, according to a report from

The details of how exactly the giant pump will be used are unknown. It’s likely it will be used to pump water to prevent overheating and further emission of radioactive material from the plant, which was damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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