“Reactor Rupture”: TEPCO says “there must be a large leak” in No. 1 reactor — Reveals No. 2 and 3 may have similar ruptures

Thursday, May 12, 2011
By Paul Martin

May 12th, 2011

Reactor Rupture Could Slow Japan Plant Stabilization, National Journal’s Global Security Newswire, May 12, 2011:

“There must be a large leak,” Tokyo Electric Power official Junichi Matsumoto said to reporters on Thursday. “The fuel pellets likely melted and fell, and in the process may have damaged … the pressure vessel itself and created a hole,” he said. […]

Similar ruptures might have developed in the plant’s No. 2 and No. 3 reactors if their nuclear material had heated to the point of losing its structure, Reuters quoted Matsumoto as saying. […]

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