13 Mar '11, 2am

\"Partial melt\" of fuel rod at stricken reactor: Japan envoy

\"Partial melt\" of fuel rod at stricken reactor: Japan envoy

WASHINGTON - Japan's US envoy insisted Saturday there was no evidence a stricken nuclear reactor had gone into full meltdown but acknowledged there had been a "partial melt" of a fuel rod at the quake-hit plant. Radiation was detected leaking from the Fukushima plant after Friday's massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and an explosion there Saturday sent authorities scrambling to avert a major meltdown. But a somber Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said: "We do not see evidence of that at this time." "What our government has announced is, that it was a blow-up of the outer building," he told CNN. "There was a partial melt of a fuel rod, melting of fuel rod. There was a part of that... but it was nothing like a whole reactor melting down," said Fujisaki, adding that he was being briefed hourly on the situation. An explosion blew off the roof and walls of the structure aroun...

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