No. 2, No. 3 Reactors May Have Also Suffered Core Melt
Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)–Cooling water was not injected for some six hours into the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and their fuel rods may have melted, Goshi Hosono, special adviser to the prime minister, said Monday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, has already acknowledged that fuel melted at the No. 1 reactor and all the fuel piled up at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel.
Hosono said at a news conference that the cooling systems halted for six hours and 29 minutes at the No. 2 reactor and for six hours and 43 minutes at the No. 3 reactor.
These were shorter than the loss of coolant for 14 hours and nine minutes at the No. 1 reactor but are never a short period of time, he said.
Hosono indicated that the government is reviewing the company’s road map for containing the crisis at the plant crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami, based on the assumption that each of the reactors suffered a meltdown. The government will announce its road map Tuesday.