Just in case you’re wondering what that means: No more protection OK! Fuel rods in a constant state of producing the most vile radioactive crap and just to make it worse this article states that the Japanese Nuclear authorities specifically mention Reactor three as one in complete meltdown. For those new to the subject that means that the reactor with the Plutonium MOX rods is in meltdown. To bring home that reality of this announcement: one pound of Plutonium vaporised in the air can kill the entire population of this planet.
SCIENTISTS SAY the fight to bring Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant under control could take three months or more, even if not hampered by further earthquakes. The announcement comes after another day of aftershocks, including one with an epicentre about 25km from the Fukushima plant.
The head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, said yesterday that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels, confirming fears that the plant suffered a partial meltdown after last month’s huge earthquake and tsunami.
Engineers have been struggling since to bring four reactors under control by pouring water onto overheating nuclear fuel, and that water is highly contaminated as a result. Mr Sawada warned the condition of the plant could worsen if another strong quake knocks out power to its cooling systems.
“That would destabilise pressure and temperatures inside the reactors and the situation would become extremely unpredictable again,” he said.