Top official says meltdown likely under way at a SECOND nuclear reactor

Published: March 12th, 2011 at 11:23 pm ET
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Partial nuclear meltdown likely underway at Japan plant: official, AP, March 12, 2011 10:13 pm EST:

A partial meltdown was likely under way at a second nuclear reactor, a top Japanese official said Sunday, as authorities frantically tried to prevent a similar threat from nearby unit following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. …

The quake and tsunami damaged three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which lost their cooling functions necessary to keep the fuel rods functioning properly. At first the Unit 1 reactor was in trouble with an explosion destroying the walls of the room in which it is placed. Later, Unit 3 also began to experience problems.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said operators released slightly radioactive air from Unit 3 Sunday, while injecting water into it as an effort to reduce pressure and temperature to save the reactor from a possible meltdown.

Still, a partial meltdown in the unit is “highly possible,” he told reporters.

See also: BBC: Second troubled reactor uses PLUTONIUM plus uranium — Potential for more severe situation than #1

Published: March 12th, 2011 at 11:23 pm ET
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