Monday, March 28, 2011

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Reactors Have Damaged Fuel Rods, Contaminated Water Fears Spread - ABC News

As radiation in seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant increases, Japanese officials said the reactors have damaged fuel rods and may be in partial meltdown.

In a newly released video, smoke can be seen billowing from reactors two and three — the only visible sign of the catastrophe happening inside.

On Monday, workers continued to pump out radioactive water inside the plant, according to the Associated Press. Officials said the contaminated water must be taken out before workers can restart and restore the plant's cooling system.

Radioactive water has been found in all four of the reactors at the plant.

The news comes a day after officials apologized for an inaccurate reading of a major increase in radioactivity which caused a panic that led workers to flee the plant. The inaccurate reading was confirmed as a mistake Sunday night by operators at the plant.

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Reactors Have Damaged Fuel Rods, Contaminated Water Fears Spread - ABC News

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