Japanese Officials Say Nuclear Fuel Rods Likely Melting In All Three “Troubled” Japanese Reactors

Monday, March 14, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

It just got worse. From AP:

Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Monday: “Although we cannot directly check it, it’s highly likely happening.”
Some experts would consider that a partial meltdown of the reactor. Others, though, reserve that term for times when nuclear fuel melts through a reactor’s innermost chamber but not through the outer containment shell.

We can only hope that the team that did not test for an 8+ magnitude earthquake did a better job at fortifying the containment shell which is the only thing separating radiation from the outer world.

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