NHK World, Dec. 13, 2013: New findings on Fukushima accident to be released [Tepco] says the early breakdown of a reactor cooling system, coupled with failed attempts to inject water into the reactor, likely led to the meltdown of the number 3 reactor [...] water injections by fire engines started shortly after 9 AM on March 13, but they could have been ineffective because of leaks from the piping. TEPCO plans to disclose the findings to the public later on Friday. The utility says it will continue its investigation to find out why massive amounts of radioactive substances were released and how this happened.
Jiji Press, Dec. 13, 2013: TEPCO admitted the possibility that the failure speeded up the unfolding disaster at the plant.
Kyodo, Dec. 13, 2013: TEPCO [...] said it has confirmed that water supplied by fire trucks flowed into some pipes not leading to cores at the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors.
Naoto Kan, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Dec. 12, 2013: (at 12:30 in) [People think it was March 12th but] the first meltdown occurred 5 hours after the earthquake [...] (at 47:00 in) If you have a severe accident and it continues to grow and grow and grow in severity, then the consequences are enormous. If we consider what could happen in Japan, 1/3 of the land of Japan could no longer be used. 40% of the population might be affected, have to move. That is the situation that we were facing, the worst case scenario that we were facing and we escaped that worst case scenario by only a hare’s breath.
Published: December 13th, 2013 at 9:39 pm ET
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