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TEPCO: Reactor No. 2 and 3 water level gauges “not very trustworthy” — Likely malfunctioning as No. 1 did

From TEPCO Presser on May 12 Part 3: “Probably the Same Situation in Reactors 2 and 3″, EX-SKF, May 13, 2011:

The water gauges for the Reactors 2 and 3 are not to be trusted, said TEPCO’s Matsumoto in the press conference on May 12 (I watched the live-recorded video) when the company officially . . . → Read More: TEPCO: Reactor No. 2 and 3 water level gauges “not very trustworthy” — Likely malfunctioning as No. 1 did

Off the Scale: Radiation in No. 1 reactor building exceeds 1,000 millisieverts per hour — Levels too high for Geiger counter to measure

Primary 1 Fukushima: 1000 2nd Floor Unit 1 mSv, Mainichi, May 11, 2011:

Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on July 11 on the second floor of Unit 1 nuclear reactor Hukushima first TEPCO announced that it has measured high levels of radioactive material exceeding 1000 mSv per hour.

. . . → Read More: Off the Scale: Radiation in No. 1 reactor building exceeds 1,000 millisieverts per hour — Levels too high for Geiger counter to measure

“Highly dangerous” levels of radiation detected in No. 3 reactor building — Double amount from April

Robot finds high radiation at No. 3 reactor bldg, The Yomiuri Shimbun, May 14, 2011 . . . → Read More: “Highly dangerous” levels of radiation detected in No. 3 reactor building — Double amount from April

Top DOE official: US “had difficulty grasping what was actually happening” at Fukushima (VIDEO)

Energy Dept: US will help contain Fukushima crisis, NHK, May 13, 2011:

A high-ranking official at the US Energy Department says the United States will continue helping Japan to put the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant under control.

Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman is the US government’s contact for the ongoing accident at the plant. . . . → Read More: Top DOE official: US “had difficulty grasping what was actually happening” at Fukushima (VIDEO)

‘Situation’ at No. 1 reactor “could escalate rapidly if the lava melts through the reactor vessel”

The Independent, May 13, 2011 . . . → Read More: ‘Situation’ at No. 1 reactor “could escalate rapidly if the lava melts through the reactor vessel”

Fears that Reactor No. 3 “which contains MOX plutonium fuel, may have also suffered a meltdown”

Partial meltdown hits Fukushima nuclear plant, The Independent, May 13, 2011 . . . → Read More: Fears that Reactor No. 3 “which contains MOX plutonium fuel, may have also suffered a meltdown”

Japanese nuclear expert says meltdown has now made cooling “very difficult” (AUDIO)

Japanese authorities admit nuclear reactor had meltdown, ABC Radio, May 13, 2011:

“A meltdown of the fuel makes cooling very difficult,” says nuclear expert Nobuyuki Mizuno.

“The melted fuel is covered in water but inside this mass of material could be extreme temperatures. That makes it harder to keep the reactor stable,” he says.

. . . → Read More: Japanese nuclear expert says meltdown has now made cooling “very difficult” (AUDIO)

TEPCO admits “multiple holes” found in bottom of No. 1 reactor’s pressure vessel

Nuclear fuel at Fukushima No. 1 unit melted after full exposure, Kyodo, May 13, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Thursday that holes had been created by melted nuclear fuel at the bottom of the No. 1 reactor’s pressure vessel.

The company said it . . . → Read More: TEPCO admits “multiple holes” found in bottom of No. 1 reactor’s pressure vessel

Plan to flood Fukushima reactor could cause new blast, experts warn

Plan to flood Fukushima reactor could cause new blast, experts warn, Guardian, May 13, 2011:

Plant operator Tepco reveals meltdown and breach of pressure vessel, with Greenpeace warning against pumping water in Experts have warned of a potentially dangerous radiation leak if Japan proceeds with plans to flood a damaged reactor containment vessel at . . . → Read More: Plan to flood Fukushima reactor could cause new blast, experts warn

Real severe problem cooling Unit No. 3 reactor — Hydrogen explosion possible (VIDEO)

Real severe problem cooling Unit No. 3 reactor — Hydrogen explosion possible (VIDEO)

Fairewinds Associates, May 13, 2011 . . . → Read More: Real severe problem cooling Unit No. 3 reactor — Hydrogen explosion possible (VIDEO)

Gov’t Official: It is a fact that nuclear fuel melted a hole through Reactor No. 1

TEPCO to review No. 1 reactor plan, NHK, May 13, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Company is being forced to review its strategy for stabilizing the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after announcing that one of its reactors is in a state of “meltdown.” [...]

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda said it is a . . . → Read More: Gov’t Official: It is a fact that nuclear fuel melted a hole through Reactor No. 1

Most likely ‘solution’ to fuel melting through reactor is a concrete wall around Unit No. 1 — “Could now take years” to encapsulate because of high radiation

UPDATE 2-Fukushima reactor has a hole, leading to leakage, Reuters . . . → Read More: Most likely ‘solution’ to fuel melting through reactor is a concrete wall around Unit No. 1 — “Could now take years” to encapsulate because of high radiation

NYT: TEPCO had hoped that Reactor No. 1 was the “easiest to bring under control” as No. 2 and 3 are believed to be breached and leaking

Japanese Reactor Damage Is Worse Than Expected, New York Times, May 12, 2011:

[T]he plant’s operator said Thursday that one reactor, No. 1, had sustained much more damage than originally thought and was leaking water. [...]

The company had long suspected that the containment vessels at two other reactors were breached and leaking, but . . . → Read More: NYT: TEPCO had hoped that Reactor No. 1 was the “easiest to bring under control” as No. 2 and 3 are believed to be breached and leaking