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megimoo
03-14-2011, 05:43 PM
Japan has asked the US for help to stop a quake-damaged nuclear reactor plunging into uncontrollable meltdown.

Japan has asked the US for help to stop a quake-damaged nuclear reactor plunging into uncontrollable meltdown.

The plea comes after a second hydrogen explosion occurred at a nuclear plant where officials warned that three nuclear rods in a cooling-starved reactor appeared to be melting.

Plumes of grey smoke billowed into the air after the blast at the Fukushima Daiichi plant's number 3 unit, injuring 11 people.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano confirmed the fear of rods melting inside all three of the site's most troubled reactors.

"Although we cannot directly check it, it's highly likely happening," he said.

Officials insist the inner reactor's container remains intact - but concern was raised when number 2 unit's fuel rods were left fully exposed by a falling cooling water level.

Workers managed to raise water levels after a second drop on Monday night, but they began falling for a third time, according to nuclear agency official Naoki Kumagai.

Specialists are now considering spraying water directly on the hermetically-sealed container in an attempt to cool it.


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noonwitch
03-15-2011, 07:51 AM
I wonder if there is a way to help them get enough water to cool it down without exposing any of our military to the radiation.