The U.S. Air Force has been using a reconnaissance drone to survey areas hit by last week’s massive earthquake in Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
The Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, which started its surveillance mission in Japan Sunday, has been sending images taken in the mission to the Japanese government for use in rescue and relief activities in quake-hit areas.
The Global Hawk has already flown over a troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, to collect data and imagery, the sources said.
Its activity is expected to help with efforts to cool crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as manned planes are not able to fly over it due to possible exposure to high-level radiation.
The Global Hawk can contribute greatly to disaster relief activities, an Air Force official said. – Jiji Press