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Published on March 14th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


2nd Nuclear Reactor Explosion at Fukushima Daiichi Plant [VIDEOS]

March 14th, 2011 by

Summary update from the Guardian at 8:35am EST:

• A “core meltdown” might have occurred at reactor 2 Fukushima Daiichi. NHK World reports, as fears grow over the safety of the nuclear plant continues. Fuel rods are reportedly fully exposed. The nuclear and industrial safety agency (NISA) has tried to circulate the coolant by steam instead of electricity, but NHK reported that attempts to lower the temperature inside the reactor chamber have not worked well. NISA is reportedly also considering opening a hole in the reactor housing building to release hydrogen generated by the exposed fuel rods.

• A hydrogen explosion at the number 3 reactor at the Fukushima No 1 nuclear injured 11 people. The blast had been anticipated and was similar to the explosion seen previously at the number 1 reactor. It has not, apparently, damaged the reactor itself or the containment vessel and authorities said radiation levels were normal around it.

The video above is of the second nuclear reactor explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. The result is that another core has lost cooling and there is concern that a third reactor is going to explode.

WV Outpost reports that “plumes of grey smoke have been seen rising from the number 3 unit but the inner reactor container is thought to be intact.”

“Tokyo Electric Power Company says seven people are missing after the blast and three are injured,” Yahoo! News reports. “More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation.”

Will keep you updated.

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