No.1 reactor is in a “meltdown” state, NHK, May 13, 2011:
Tokyo Electric Power Company says the No.1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is believed to be in a state of “meltdown”.
The utility company said on Thursday that most of the fuel rods are likely to have melted and fallen to the bottom of the reactor. Earlier in the day, it found that the coolant water in the reactor is at a level which would completely expose nuclear fuel rods if they were in their normal position. [...]
But it suspects the meltdown created a hole or holes in the bottom of the reactor causing water to leak into the containment vessel.
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Published: May 12th, 2011 at 7:50 pm ET
- TEPCO admits “multiple holes” found in bottom of No. 1 reactor’s pressure vessel May 13, 2011
- “Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima” — TEPCO worried fuel burned a hole through bottom of containment vessel May 12, 2011
- CNN: Reactors may be “riddled with holes” — Experts suspect full meltdown at No. 1, 2 and 3 May 25, 2011
- NHK: Holes near bottom of containment vessel identified for first time at Fukushima plant — “Gushing out” of Reactor No. 1 — Similar damage suspected at Units 2 and 3 (VIDEO) November 13, 2013
- TEPCO official describes possible meltdown at No. 1 reactor: The “molten fuel accumulates like lava” April 21, 2011