It’s Official: Fukushima Was Hit With a Nuclear Meltdown, Sam Biddle for Gizmodo, May 12, 2011:
The flow of bad news (and radiation) out of Fukushima’s reactors has diminished to a trickle over the past several weeks, as rescue work has proceeded. Not today. TEPCO’s admitted for the first time that Fukushima experienced a grave meltdown. [...]
TEPCO workers and the Japanese government have desperately struggled to keep the nuclear fuel rods inside the reactors cool—if they don’t, the scorching material will melt into a pool of radioactive lava, further damaging the facility. That’s the scenario everyone’s been aiming to avoid—and that’s the scenario we now know had actually occurred all along. Underneath all that dumped seawater has been lying a blob of melted fuel. And it could be melting its way out.
This admittance goes against every assurance TEPCO has handed the world in the midst of Japan’s nuclear crisis [...]
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UPDATE: Gizmodo has changed the article’s title to “It’s Official: Fukushima Was Hit With a Nuclear Meltdown” from “It’s Official: Fukushima Was Hit With a Full-Blown Nuclear Meltdown”.
Published: May 12th, 2011 at 6:22 pm ET
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- Japan confirms “full meltdown” at all 3 reactors June 6, 2011
- Japan Times on Melt Through: “Molten ‘lava’ melted bottom of containment vessel,” says nuclear engineer given access by top official — Huge amounts of fission materials released into environment April 18, 2012
- CNN: Reactors may be “riddled with holes” — Experts suspect full meltdown at No. 1, 2 and 3 May 25, 2011
- Top Japan official discusses “total meltdown” at Fukushima April 18, 2011