Water level near empty at Japan nuclear reactor - owner

TOKYO, March 14 Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:17am EDT

TOKYO, March 14 (Reuters) - Water levels inside a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear reactor were almost empty on Monday night, said the power plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co .

Earlier, news agency Jiji said a meltdown of fuel rods inside the Fukushima Daiichi complex's No.2 reactor 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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