TEPCO admits new reactor meltdownsPosted: 24 May 2011 09:45


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The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan says there might have been partial meltdowns in its No. 2 and 3 reactors from damage after the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The latest announcement means all three reactors with active fuel inside the Fukushima plant, north-east of Tokyo, are believed to have suffered meltdowns after the March disaster.

The operator of the facility, TEPCO, announced earlier this month that the No. 1 reactor most likely had a fuel meltdown shortly after the disaster.

The company says the pressure vessels in the reactors may also be damaged.

TEPCO officials say damage to the No. 2 reactor fuel rods began three days after the quake, with much of the fuel rods eventually melting and collecting at the bottom of the pressure vessel containing them.

They say the fuel rods in the No. 3 reactor were damaged by the afternoon of March 13.

TEPCO officials say that the tsunami that followed soon after the earthquake disabled power to the reactors, knocking out their cooling capabilities.
TEPCO admits new reactor meltdowns - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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