TEPCO: Bigger breach in No. 1 reactor core than expected — “Serious setback” to stabilize Fukushima

Published: May 12th, 2011 at 12:26 pm ET
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More-than-expected damage found at Japan reactor, AP, May 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm EDT:

One of the reactors at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant has been damaged more severely than originally thought, officials said Thursday — a serious setback for efforts to stabilize the radiation-leaking complex. […]

The findings also indicate a greater-than-expected leak in that vessel. Radioactive water pouring from troubled reactors has pooled around the complex, hindering work to bring the plant under control. […]

The low level of water indicates that the core of Unit 1 had a bigger breach than expected, said TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto. […]

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Published: May 12th, 2011 at 12:26 pm ET
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