Breaking: Japan Says It Is Likely Meltdown Is Underway in 3 Reactors
Japanese authorities said a a nuclear meltdown is likely underway at the Fukushima plant.
Another hydrogen explosion occurred at stricken Fukushima Dai-ich plant yesterday.
And… A third nuclear reactor lost its ability to cool today at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
A series of nuclear reactors continue to deteriorate in the wake of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, raising worries of a nuclear meltdown.
After two hydrogen explosions in three days at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, a third reactor has lost its ability to cool. Officials are increasingly concerned about unit 2 at the plant.
The fuel rods on unit 2 were fully exposed for a period of time, a dangerous development in the effort to stop the reactor from melting down. Workers are frantically pouring sea water over the rods, officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company said.
“They continue to work hard to raise the water level to cover the fuel. Let’s pray again,” Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice Chairman of Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission, posted on Facebook today.
UPDATE: Japanese officials said the rods are most likely melting inside the reactors.
Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Monday: “Although we cannot directly check it, it’s highly likely happening.”
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