No. 2 reactor fuel rods of Fukushima nuclear plant No. 1 fully exposed, radiation meltdown possible

By on Mar 14, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Natural Disasters Comments

Fukushima, Japan – The fuel rods of No. 2 reactor of Fukushima nuclear plant No. 1 have been fully exposed for about 2.5 hours, as of 10:15 p.m. (local time), Monday, March 14, 2011, and radiation meltdown is likely possible to happen.

According to the latest update of Kyodo News, the fuel rods of Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant’s No.2 reactor were fully exposed, in which Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said that a core meltdown might have occurred in that area.

Apparently, the company said that the exposure of the fuel rods was be due to overheating when the cooling power became insufficient, as fuel ran out.

Sea water has been pumped into the reactor to stabilize the situation that started at around 4:34 p.m. (local time) on Monday, but was not sufficient to provide the cooling needed.

Earlier this day, four out of the five water pumps were reported to have been destroyed by the hydrogen explosion at the No.3 reactor.

With this, TEPCO said the agency will analyze if boring a hole in the building housing of Reactor No. 2 is possible to release hydrogen so that the explosion at Reactor No. 3 will not be repeated at No. 2.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said added that depressurizing the containment vessel of Reactor No. 2 has been started, which is essential to prevent it from malfunctioning.

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