Japan Nuclear Plant Meltdown: Partial Meltdown Of One Of The Reactors Of Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant Possible

By on Mar 13, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Natural Disasters, Opinion, World Comments
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An explosion has sparked in Japan‘s nuclear power plant on Saturday after it was hit by a massive earthquake on Friday. About 170,000 people near the plant have been ordered to evacuate after a radiation leak from the facility’s No. 1 reactor in Fukushima, 150 miles north of Tokyo was confirmed by the Japanese government, international news reported.

Toshihiro Bannai, director of the international affairs office of Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety told CNN in a telephone interview that a partial meltdown is possible in one of the reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

“There is a possibility, we see the possibility of a meltdown. At this point, we have still not confirmed that there is an actual meltdown, but there is a possibility.”

According to reports, Bannai just based his conclusion on radioactive cesium and iodine measured in the air near the plant Saturday night. Engineers was said to be unable to get close to the reactor’s core and know what was going on.

Meanwhile, Bannai said that what they have seen is just a slight indication from a monitoring post of cesium and iodine and that they are confident to make the situation on stable status.

“We actually have very good confidence that we will resolve this,” Bannai told CNN.

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