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

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


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

  • Northern Exposure


    It only took them, what, 5+ weeks to finally admit some truth to the situation ?

    Colour me unimpressed.

  • Northern Exposure

    And it only gets worse folks:

    Denial denial and more denial

    All of these people have blood on their hands now, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Mike

      They don’t care about that, they care only about things appearing normal.


      Looks like they will be trying to go after webmasters. They even admit they are interested in managing perception …

      ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.” …

      “The radiation problem is already finished,” he told the children and their parents. “You can go to school and go outside without any problem. You should not fear malicious gossip.”

      Don’t get me wrong, if true that is wonderful news, but an elementary understanding of physics makes that implausible. And since health problems from contamination won’t begin showing up for a few months, all they seem to care about is maintaining a facade of pride and normalcy. Incredibly evil.

      • Jean

        “The radiation problem is already finished.” Yeah, sure. George Orwell had it right, he was just a little off in the timing. 1984 has finally arrived. I had to read “1984” again last summer when the feds said the oil in the Gulf was mostly gone in August. It’s amazing how much of what was supposed to be fiction is now the reality, especially the re-writing of history.

    • radegan

      Hmmm…..so Japan announces it will censor websites at the same time trolls claiming to be happy Japanese appear on this site. You need to see if this site is being censored in Japan. If so, where are these happy Japanese coming from?

      Ask someone in Tokyo to try and access your website and make a video of the effort. Then you will know if and when you’re being censored.

  • radegan

    Message from Charlie Sheen: “Duh!”

  • Regulus

    Stand-by to be eradicated, sheeple.

  • Regulus

    We prefer the term “earth lice”
    Now rather glowing description.

  • Michelle

    Censorship in Japan was taken from this website. http://japanfocus.org/-Makiko-Segawa/3516
    After all the static of denial, the stark reality of truth tunes in.

  • Cyclops2

    Love the nukie bussinesses. ” Spent nuclear fuel is harmless. ”
    Including the Depleted Uranium A-10 Warthog amunition shot & laying all over the world.

    Good news is ALL of the nukie lovers are filtering the radioactive stuff out of the air with their lungs to. They drive & walk in it. Love the fact they KNOW it.

    Bring it on !

    Maybe our planet will look as empty as all other planets in the Solar System.

  • Dav8d

    This isn’t news, but it’s great for clogging the pipeline for anyone LOOKING for news. Maybe the Japanese government and TEPCO should try sealing the leaks with BS. There seems to be an endless supply.

  • Regulus

    Earth=No Man’s Land
    Know it
    Own it
    Thank you for your votes.

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