NHK: “Possibility that there is little water left inside the Number 2 reactor” because of full meltdown — New gauge measuring water level not operating because temps are too high
TEPCO unable to gauge No.2 reactor water level, NHK, June 25, 2011:
[TEPCO] says it still cannot obtain accurate data on the water level and pressure of the Number 2 reactor. It says a provisional measuring device installed earlier this week is not operating properly. [...]
TEPCO says this is because the temperature near the reactor containment vessel is so high that water inside the device’s pipes has evaporated.
Fuel meltdowns are believed to have occurred at the Number 1 through Number 3 reactors, leading to a possibility that there is little water left inside the Number 2 reactor. [...]
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