24 May '11, 2am

Japan's TEPCO admits further reactor meltdowns

TOKYO: Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company said Tuesday it believed most of the fuel had melted at two more reactors at its tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant. TEPCO had previously said fuel rods inside reactor one had been fully exposed to the air and had mostly melted. It said reactors two and three could be in a similar condition. "It is highly possible that meltdowns have occurred at reactors two and three," a TEPCO spokesman said as the firm released its latest analysis of data from the Fukushima Daiichi plant after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. "Most of the fuel is believed to have fallen to the bottom (of pressure vessels that contain fuel rods) as has happened in reactor one," he said. The announcement Tuesday means all three active reactors are believed to have experienced meltdowns but the TEPCO spokesman added: "They are now being cooled and are in sta...

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