TEPCO: Fuel rods partially exposed above water, NHK, May 16, 2011:
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it believes the melted fuel rods in the No. 1 reactor are partially exposed above the water’s surface.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says the reactor’s fuel rods have melted and fallen to the bottom. It says holes were created and the containment vessel was also damaged. A large amount of highly radioactive water is believed to be leaking into the reactor building. [...]
It says it believes that the exposed fuel is generating hot vapor.
Published: May 16th, 2011 at 3:55 am ET