Nuclear fuel rods fully exposed at Japan reactor - Jiji

TOKYO, March 14 Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:00am EDT

TOKYO, March 14 (Reuters) - Nuclear fuel rods at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear reactor are now fully exposed, Jiji news agency said, quoting the plant's operator, Tokyo Eletcric Power Co .

The report referred to the Fukushima Daiichi complex's No.2 reactor, where levels of water coolant around the reactor core had been reported as falling earlier in the day.

The Jiji report said a meltdown of the fuel rods could not be ruled out. A meltdown raises the risk of damage to the reactor vessel and a possible radioactive leak, experts say. (Editing by Mark Bendeich)

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I have to wonder if we would be facing this crisis if the International Atomic Energy Agency had focused on inspecting the safety of the very real power stations of the world instead of wasting all their time and resources trying to find the fantasy nuclear weapons of Iraq and Iran.

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Mar 14, 2011 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
I’m not an expert but I would think that if the fuel rods are fully exposed with no coolant around them the likelyhood of a meltdown is 100%

Mar 14, 2011 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ReRock wrote:
Sometimes you just need to listen from someone who actually knows what they are talking about and not the anonymous “experts” that journalists seem to rely on so much (yet forget to actually site their sources.) This is a blog of a guy who gives a solid informative take on the nuclear crisis in Japan and distills it down to basically the truth. A good read for anyone wanting real insider info without the hype.

Mar 14, 2011 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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