“Fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels”
April 15th, 2011
Melting of Japan plant’s fuel rods confirmed, Irish Times, April 15, 2011:
SCIENTISTS SAY the fight to bring Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant under control could take three months or more, even if not hampered by further earthquakes. The announcement comes after another day of aftershocks, including one with an epicentre about 25km from the Fukushima plant.
The head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, said yesterday that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels, confirming fears that the plant suffered a partial meltdown after last month’s huge earthquake and tsunami. …