Japanese Nuclear Plant Continues To Show Signs Of A Nuclear Meltdown
SOMA, Japan – Water levels continue to drop inside a Japanese nuclear reactor. Twice now, the rods have been exposed with no way of cooling them down, possibly creating a full nuclear meltdown of the nuclear fuel rods.
Water levels had been restored late Monday night, however, attempts to keep them contained continue to fail, creating extreme heat and a critical buildup of steam, that needs to be bled off in order to keep from exploding.
Despite these measures, there have already been numerous explosions.
The continued woes of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant pile additional challenges on top of an already-struggling Tokyo, reeling from the magnitude 8.9 quake and resulting tsunami that has caused widespread destruction and death along the northeast coast of Japan.
A top Japanese official seems to be confirming the worst-case scenario that in fact, the rods of at least two of the reactors seem to have had a (partial) meltdown. A meltdown occurs when the nuclear rods can not be cooled and the nuclear fuel reaches a critical heat phase and the material actually melts.
Concerns continue to mount over the safety of Japanese citizens, in the possible affected areas surrounding the plant. However, officials continue to deny that any harmful exposure levels have occurred thus far.
"We have no evidence of harmful radiation exposure," deputy Cabinet secretary Noriyuki Shikata told reporters.
Fukushima officials said, however, that 190 people have been exposed to some radiation from the plant. Officials monitoring the situation have stated that devices around the plant have shown radiation levels, at some points, to be six times above normal.
A true meltdown is defined as the occurrence of nuclear fuel melting through a reactor's innermost chamber but not through the outer containment shell.
A spokesman for the government confirms that they have no way, at this time, of knowing whether the quake damaged that containment system or not, confirming fears that the worst is not over, and in fact, may get much, much worse for the already ravaged area.
You may also view a VIDEO of the explosion that rocked the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant nuclear plant.