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TEPCO revises damage estimates: All of the fuel in reactor 3 melted down in 2011 accident, key emergency cooling system stopped working earlier than previously reported

The Japan Times reported yesterday: Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said Wednesday that its new estimate shows that all the fuel rods in reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant apparently melted down and fell onto the … Continue reading

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New report on March 2011 Fukushima disaster says much of water pumped into system never reached reactor cores

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported today: Fire engines were used in a desperate, and ultimately futile, attempt to pump water to cool overheating reactors during the early phase of the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster, Tokyo Electric Power … Continue reading

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New TEPCO report says damage to Fukushima Unit 2 may be worse than previously thought

The New York Times reported this afternoon: The damage to the core of at least one of the meltdown-stricken reactors at Fukushima could be worse than previously thought, raising new concerns over the plant’s stability and complicating the post-disaster cleanup, … Continue reading

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TEPCO probe finds ‘no significant errors’ in meltdown response

In the investigation of the Watergate breakin and coverup, Richard Nixon set a new standard for the minimum amount of acceptance of responsibility, when he acknowledged “Mistakes were made.” Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is not that forthcoming. As the … Continue reading

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“Full meltdown” occurred at Units 1, 2 & 3, says Japanese oversight agency

CNN reported earlier today: Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday. The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released … Continue reading

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Units 2 & 3 likely suffered meltdown, TEPCO says

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) held a press conference in Japan on Sunday, and confirmed that it is likely that the Unit 2 & 3 reactors suffered at least a partial meltdown and breach of the reactor vessel following the March 11 … Continue reading

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Fuel may still be melting inside Fukushima Unit 1 reactor

There were a lot of qualifiers used, but TEPCO officials seemed to admit at a press conference yesterday the possibility that fuel is still melting at Unit 1. As the Mainichi Daily News reported: An official at Tokyo Electric Power Co., … Continue reading

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