Please help protect the US, especially California, from a Chernobyl-like blast from the crippled Fukushima reactors. After reading the Reuters article dated May 12, 2012, which updates the conditions in reactor 1, please sign the petition to Senators Boxer and Feinstein if you haven’t already done so, and send out this message to your friends and contacts.
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UPDATE 2-Fukushima reactor has a hole, leading to leakage
Thu, May 12 2011
* Water leaking from No. 1 reactor, complicating shutdown
* Uncertain where radioactive water leaking -utility
* Melted, collapsed fuel being cooled by water pumps (Updates with analysts’ comments)
By Yoko Kubota and Scott DiSavino
TOKYO/NEW YORK, May 12 (Reuters) – One of the reactors at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has a hole in its main vessel following a meltdown of fuel rods, leading to a leakage of radioactive water, its operator said on Thursday.
The disclosure by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) (9501.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is the latest indication that the disaster was worse than previously disclosed, making it more difficult to stabilize the plant.
The discovery of the leak provides new insight into the sequence of events that triggered a partial meltdown of the uranium fuel in the No. 1 reactor at Fukushima after the plant was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, officials said.