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"Fuel rods at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant may have melted when water levels fell, Japan’s top government spokesman said.
Rods in the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 reactors may have melted, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said to reporters in a briefing today. Molten rods would increase the risk of a meltdown.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the nuclear power plant, stopped pumping seawater into its Nos. 1 and 3 reactors earlier today because it needed to use the one working water pump on the No. 2 reactor to cool it down, said Nishiyama Hidehiko, director general at Japan’s trade ministry."