Japan’s nightmare gets even WORSE: All THREE damaged nuclear reactors now in ‘meltdown’ at tsunami-hit power station
By Richard Shears
Last updated at 7:50 PM on 14th March 2011
- Fuel rods appear to be melting inside three over-heating reactors
- Experts class development as ‘partial meltdown’
- Japan calls for U.S. help cooling the reactor
- 180,000 people have been evacuated amid meltdown fears
The Japanese nuclear reactor hit by the tsunami went into ‘meltdown’ today, as officials admitted that fuel rods appear to be melting inside three damaged reactors.
There is a risk that molten nuclear fuel can melt through the reactor’s safety barriers and cause a serious radiation leak.
There have already been explosions inside two over-heating reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and the fuel rods inside a third were partially exposed as engineers desperately fight to keep them cool after the tsunami knocked out systems.
‘Meltdown’: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant moments after it was rocked by a second explosion today. Officials later admitted that fuel rods are ‘highly likely’ to be melting in three damaged reactors
Fireball: A build-up of hydrogen in Unit Three of Fukushima ignites in a ball of fire that can be seen for miles
Smoke: An enormous cloud rises from the site, dwarfing the plant and raising fears of radiation problems
Extensive damage: Experts are now debating whether a radiation cloud could reach the West Coast