The Independent, Mar. 6, 2013: Engineers can still only estimate the precise location of the nuclear fuel that melted through the containment vessels of three reactors.
The Commons (Vermont), Mar. 6, 2013: The reactors lost external power to cool their cores, and three have melted down, most likely beneath their containment vessels, although no one knows for sure, even two years later.
Huffington Post, Mar. 5, 2013: Fukushma Unit 1 began to meltdown as a result of the earthquake, before the tsunami hit and destroyed all backup power. The molten core of the reactor would melt through the reactor vessel and containment, crashing into the water below the reactor and sending radioactive steam surging out of the damaged building.
See also: Top Japan official: Very strong possibility there is nuclear fuel outside containment vessel (VIDEO)
Published: March 6th, 2013 at 3:02 pm ET
- Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors — Explosions cracked containment vessels? March 8, 2013
- Reuters: Fukushima fuel melted through containment vessels and is “spewing radiation” — Nuke Expert: Fuel has “scattered all over the place” — Gov’t: Fuel may have burned out into environment — Tepco Official: Fuel could have flowed out “like lava in a volcano” (VIDEOS) March 15, 2016
- PBS: Engineers believe Fukushima’s nuclear fuel melted right through the containment vessels, where it’s contacting ground water — Expert: The fuel “melted down into ground” (VIDEO) March 1, 2014
- NHK: Officials admit it may be impossible to stop leaking at Fukushima reactors — Will be investigating ‘bottom of containment vessels’ for holes — Gov’t asking engineers from outside Japan for help with melted fuel (VIDEOS) April 30, 2014
- AFP: Fears that Fukushima melted reactor cores have “eaten through” concrete of containment vessels — Tepco plan claims fuel to be removed at same time as 2020 Olympics in Tokyo September 10, 2013