Japan nuclear agency finally admits fuel has melted in reactors 1, 2 & 3

Published: April 20th, 2011 at 6:48 am ET
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Agency admits ‘melting’ of N-fuel, Yomiuri Shimbun, April 20, 2011:

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has reported to a Cabinet Office safety panel that nuclear fuel pellets in the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima power station are believed to have partially melted.

The report was the first time the agency, an organ of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, has acknowledged that nuclear fuel has melted…

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the agency, told a press conference Monday about the agency’s report to the Nuclear Safety Commission. The agency had previously only described the nuclear fuel as having been at least 3 percent “damaged.” …

The agency said it now believes the fuel pallets have melted because of the high levels of radiation detected at the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors. Melting fuel pellets also likely led to a hydrogen explosion at the No. 1 reactor, Nishiyama said. …

Read the report here.

Published: April 20th, 2011 at 6:48 am ET
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