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Rods in 3 reactors at Japan plant
now do you believe 3 times Chernobyl
By SHINO YUASA, Associated Press – 2 hrs 44 mins ago
TOKYO – The operator of Japan's damaged nuclear power plant said Tuesday that it is highly likely that fuel rods at two more reactors at the facility had mostly melted in the hours and days immediately after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The clearer picture of the extent of the damage comes as U.N. nuclear experts planned to meet with Japan's trade minister later Tuesday at the start of their fact-finding trip.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. had said last week that repaired water gauges showed that fuel rods in Unit 1 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had mostly melted and fallen into a lump at the bottom of the pressure vessel — a state that TEPCO officials have described as a "meltdown" — after the complex's cooling system was knocked out by the tsunami.
Fresh data from Units 2 and 3 indicate that fuel rods in those reactors were in a similar state, said spokeswoman Aya Omura.
The word "meltdown" has such a strong connotation that when the situation was more uncertain, more people probably would have fled Tokyo, he said.
For airborne releases hopefully that's true and maybe the planned tent will help reduce that even further.
Originally posted by predator0187
But, on the bright side, the biggest releases of radiation have happened already, and unless there is another explosion should stay static.
Originally posted by joe12
Yeah, how does this change anything? There are no "mayor" radioactive leaks and the plan to cocoon them in concrete have already been approved.
...the nuclear installation seems to be going through a limited version of the China syndrome since it was damaged in an the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11.