TEPCO confirms partial meltdown of Fukushima Nos. 2, 3 reactors
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that a partial fuel meltdown is believed to have occurred at the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, updating its earlier assessment that just the No. 1 reactor suffered critical fuel melting.
The latest announcement means all three reactors with active fuel inside at the plant are now believed to have suffered fuel meltdowns in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
The plant’s operator, known as TEPCO, said in mid-May that findings suggested that the No. 1 reactor suffered a meltdown shortly after the disaster disabled the plant’s cooling systems, with most of its fuel having melted down to the bottom of the pressure vessel.
The assessment on the No. 1 reactor had raised concerns that the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors, which had also lost cooling water, may have met the same fate.
(Mainichi Japan) May 24, 2011
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