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Nuclear fuel at Fukushima No. 1 unit melted after full exposure | Kyodo News

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Thursday that holes had been created by melted nuclear fuel at the bottom of the No. 1 reactor's pressure vessel.

The company said it has found multiple holes adding up to several centimeters in welded piping. Earlier in the day, it said the amount of water inside the troubled reactor was unexpectedly low -- not enough to cover the nuclear fuel -- hinting that a large part of the fuel melted after being fully exposed.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu May 12th, 2011 at 02:55:41 PM EST
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So it was, after all, the meltdown that pierced the pressure vessel?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu May 12th, 2011 at 04:02:49 PM EST
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