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The plant's operator said that so much water had evaporated from the No. 3 reactor that at one stage the top three metres of the fuel rods were exposed to the air, although they were later covered again.
Originally posted by Regenmacher
I have a hard time believing a lot of the reactor information released from Japan lately. I am thinking it's far worse than the flap we are getting.
"... government spokesman Yukio Edano said that although seawater was being injected into reactor 3 at the Fukushima plant, gauges were not showing the water levels rising. "We do not know what to make of this," he said."
"...three metres of the fuel rods were exposed to the air, although they were later covered again."
The recurrent tendency to deny systemic errors - "in order to avoid public panic" - is rooted in the determination of an entrenched bureaucracy to protect itself rather than in any stated purpose of serving the nation or its people. That's the unspoken rule of thumb in most governments, and the point is that Japan is no shining exception