IAEA: Explosion at Fukushima plant may have affected integrity of main containment vessel

Reuters at 10:38 am EST

Analyst: What we have already is the worst case scenario at Fukushima

The whole globe will be affected. This radiation will cover the whole globe.

Advisory: “Radiation too high for TEPCO personnel to stay in Fukushima nuke plant control rooms”

Kyodo News, March 15, 2011 at 6:49 am EST

Japan Prime Minister says “What the hell is going on?” when meeting with TEPCO execs

via Kyodo News reporter

Nuclear Engineer: Far more radioactivity inside spent fuel ponds than in reactors — Could very well produce damage greater than Chernobyl

“Could potentially be an even more severe problem than a reactor meltdown”

“Would be like Chernobyl on steroids” if spent fuel catches fire says nuclear engineer who works at identical plant — Each reactor holds 3,450 spent fuel assemblies

The unit 1 pool could have as much as 20 years of spent fuel rods

“Worse than a meltdown” says expert — “Spent nuclear fuel pool catches fire”: Japan Power Company

“High heat would loft the radiation in clouds that would spread the radioactivity” – New York Times

Radioactivity is being “released directly into the atmosphere” – IAEA at 12:15 am EST

Japanese authorities also today informed the IAEA at 04:50 CET that the spent fuel storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is on fire and radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere.

Overhead photo of Fukushima after explosions (HI-RES)

TEPCO confirms No. 2 fuel rods FULLY exposed once again

Reuters, 11:45 am EDT

TEPCO: Fuel rods at Fukushima No. 2 reactor were FULLY exposed — Third explosion feared

TEPCO “reported the loss of cooling functions as an emergency to the government.”

TEPCO reports fuel rods of No. 2 reactor of Fukushima plant may have partially melted

Fuel rods at Fukushima’s No. 2 reactor FULLY exposed

Kyodo News, 7:58 pm in Japan

AP journalists feel massive explosion at No. 3 nuclear plant from 25 miles away

They reported feeling the faint rumble of a blast and the ground shaking.

US Navy detects “radioactive plume” 100 miles from Fukushima

Radioactivity identified on 17 air crew members

Radiation around Fukushima nearing levels where “humans vomit uncontrollably” and “hair can be stripped from the body”

Authorities admitted this for the first time – The Sun

Radioactive releases may continue for a YEAR or more even after fission has stopped: New York Times

“That suggests that the tens of thousands of people who have been evacuated may not be able to return to their homes for a considerable period, and that shifts in the wind could blow radioactive materials toward Japanese cities rather than out to sea.”

Radioactive cloud hits U.S. aircraft carrier sailing in Pacific — Helicopters coated with radiation

NYT: Crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday

Video of massive explosion at Fukushima No. 3

Nuclear officials confirm explosion at Fukushima No. 3 (PHOTO)

Japan’s Prime Minister now saying situation is “worrisome” at Fukushima nuclear plant

Nuclear plant designer: Tokyo “supressing information” — Serious meltdown “highly likely”