Nuclear fuel rods likely to melt, worst scenario not excluded – Japanese officials
Japanese officials confirmed Monday that nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside three reactors compromised by Friday's earthquake, though nuclear experts differ on whether the outer chamber of a reactor melting in fact constitutes a partial "meltdown", according to National Journal newspaper. The worst scenario cannot be excluded now, the officials admit, as the possibility of another explosion is very high. Unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in northeastern Japan exploded earlier Monday, wounding 11 workers; it had been under emergency watch for an explosion after a hydrogen blast at Unit 1 of the plant on Saturday. The Unit 3 reactor's inner containment vessel was reportedly intact. More than 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area, and as many as 1,500 have been examined for radiation exposure.
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