Tepco Says Fuel in 2 Reactors May Have Melted, Bloomberg by Michio Nakayama and Yuji Okada, May 16, 2011:
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said fuel in other reactors at its damaged nuclear plant may have melted, after confirming rods in the No. 1 unit had fallen from their assembly, potentially delaying plans to resolve the crisis.
“The findings at the No. 1 reactor indicate the likelihood that the water level readings in the other reactors aren’t accurate,” Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility known as Tepco, said today. “It could be that a meltdown similar to that in the No. 1 reactor has occurred.” [...]
An announcement on the status of the two reactors will be made later, Matsumoto said, without giving a time frame.
Meltdown may have occurred also at Nos. 2, 3 reactors, Kyodo, May 16, 2011:
An adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Monday that the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had failed to inject water into the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors for more than six hours after the March 11 massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
Goshi Hosono, tasked with handling the nuclear crisis, said at a press conference that Tokyo Electric Power Co. had not been able to cool down the reactors’ cores due to loss of external power for a long time after the quake, acknowledging that fuel in the vessels might have largely melted “in the worst-case scenario.”
Published: May 16th, 2011 at 10:36 am ET