TV: High-level radiation leak at Fukushima reactor thought to be from “cracks in containment vessel” — “Even more radioactive than expected” — Salt corrosion may have led to breach (VIDEO)

Published: January 21st, 2014 at 1:09 am ET
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New York Times, Jan. 20, 2014: Highly radioactive water found in a reactor building at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant offers new evidence that the reactor’s containment vessel was breached during the accident, [Tepco] said Monday. [...] No. 3 reactor building [...] even more radioactive than expected [...]

NHK, Jan. 20, 2014: [...] new evidence that the reactor’s containment vessel was breached during the accident [said Tepco] The officials suspect the water is leaking from around an opening for a steam pipe [...] the extra space around the opening had been tightly sealed with resin. But they suspect the substance may have deteriorated after being exposed to the heat of the melted fuel and to salt from sea water poured into the vessel immediately after the accident. TEPCO engineers are planning to locate cracks in the containment vessel [...]

NHK, Jan. 20, 2014: Fukushima inner leaks possibly from cracks — Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company say water leaks inside the No. 3 reactor building likely came from cracks in the containment vessel.

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