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Rapid meltdown happened at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Indicated by black smoke at No. 3

Work to Continue at Japan Plant Despite Release of Meltdown Details, Hiroko Tabuchi for The New York Times, May 17, 2011:

[... TEPCO] now acknowledges that a fuel meltdown occurred at three of the plant’s six reactors in the early hours of the crisis, something experts had been suggesting for weeks. [...]

Tokyo Electric . . . → Read More: Rapid meltdown happened at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Indicated by black smoke at No. 3

“Huge Problems”: All parts of fuel rods appear to have melted at all 3 reactors admits TEPCO

Meltdowns also likely occurred at No. 2, No. 3 reactors of Fukushima plant, Asahi Shinbun, May 18, 2011 . . . → Read More: “Huge Problems”: All parts of fuel rods appear to have melted at all 3 reactors admits TEPCO

Molten fuel bore a hole at bottom of Containment Vessel at Reactor No. 1– Pressure Vessel is “completely broken” says Kyoto U. nuclear professor

East earthquake: experts 10 hours a water burning No. 1 nuclear power plant accident Hukuzima “published too late”, Mainichi, May 17, 2011:

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[...] Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University Professor Akira Hiroshi Koide is “If 冷Yasenaku loss of power in the reactor can lead to early meltdown should have been able to assume.’s . . . → Read More: Molten fuel bore a hole at bottom of Containment Vessel at Reactor No. 1– Pressure Vessel is “completely broken” says Kyoto U. nuclear professor

TEPCO shares down nearly 10% Tuesday over Fukushima

NHK, May 17, 2011 . . . → Read More: TEPCO shares down nearly 10% Tuesday over Fukushima

“There have been nuclear explosions” — “Ongoing nuclear reaction taking place now” (VIDEO)

“Situation at Fukushima out of control”, Russia Today, May 17, 2011 . . . → Read More: “There have been nuclear explosions” — “Ongoing nuclear reaction taking place now” (VIDEO)

Melting of nuclear fuel at Reactors No. 2 and 3 “extensive if not complete” — “Far more dire than previously recognized”

Utility: Fukushima Cores More Damaged Than Thought, Science Magazine by Dennis Normile, May 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm EDT:

Over the last several days, evidence has emerged indicating that the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was far more dire than previously recognized. The main evidence is extensive—rather than partial—melting of the . . . → Read More: Melting of nuclear fuel at Reactors No. 2 and 3 “extensive if not complete” — “Far more dire than previously recognized”

BBC: “Melted floor” at Reactor No. 1 — Damage “far more severe than initially thought”

Japan nuclear crisis: Fukushima shutdown for January, BBC, May 17, 2011:

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Melted floor

In recent days the plant’s operator has revealed that the damage sustained by the reactors immediately after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami was far more severe than initially thought. [...]

Within 16 hours most of the fuel in reactor 1 . . . → Read More: BBC: “Melted floor” at Reactor No. 1 — Damage “far more severe than initially thought”

Report: Meltdown confirmation led Japan officials to begin evacuating on Tuesday — As U.S. nuclear agency stops monitoring Fukushima ‘because the situation had improved’

TEPCO officials confirm meltdown in Fukushima reactor No 1 while water levels uncontrollably rise and thousands more evacuate, Bellona (Norway), May 17, 2011:

[...] The fuel melted through the bottom of the reactor core, something that can cause a dangerous and uncontrolled chain reaction. A highly placed TEPCO official also said he expected that . . . → Read More: Report: Meltdown confirmation led Japan officials to begin evacuating on Tuesday — As U.S. nuclear agency stops monitoring Fukushima ‘because the situation had improved’

“They Lied About Fukushima — There’s a Shock”

They Lied About Fukushima. There’s a Shock., Scienceblogs, May 17, 2011:

So it turns out that there *was* a meltdown around reactor #1. Quite a lot of people suspected this from the visual evidence, but TEPCO and the Japanese government denied, denied, denied. Accusations that those arguing for a meltdown were all internet conspiracy . . . → Read More: “They Lied About Fukushima — There’s a Shock”

Japan gov’t “alarmed” by high levels of radioactive cesium detected outside of Tokyo in tea leaves picked May 15

Radioactive substance detected in green tea leaves in Ibaraki towns, Mainichi, May 17, 2011:

[...] The government said radioactive cesium of 894 becquerels per kilogram was detected in green tea leaves picked May 15 in Sakai and that of 570 becquerels per kilogram in Daigo in green tea leaves picked May 14, compared with . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t “alarmed” by high levels of radioactive cesium detected outside of Tokyo in tea leaves picked May 15

Scientists ‘interested’ in learning more about Technetium-99 releases from Fukushima

Scientists Will Track Fukushima Radiation To Study Ocean Currents, Forbes.com, May. 17 2011 at 8:34 am EDT:

[...] Scientists still don’t know the full content of the release that reached the ocean. The Japanese regularly test the seawater only for Iodine-131 and for two isotopes of cesium.

They have not tested for other radioactive . . . → Read More: Scientists ‘interested’ in learning more about Technetium-99 releases from Fukushima

Reactor No.1′s fuel rods “completely melted” admits TEPCO

Fukushima No.1 rods “completely melted”, Xinhua, May 17, 2011:

[...] TEPCO also says fuel rods in the facility’s number one reactor have completely melted down. [...]

Nearly 3,000 evacuees rushed to hospital by ambulance — From shelters in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi

Nearly 3,000 taken to hospitals by ambulances from quake shelters, Japan Today, May 17, 2011 . . . → Read More: Nearly 3,000 evacuees rushed to hospital by ambulance — From shelters in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi