agency said on Saturday that a person at the Fukushima Number One
nuclear station reported that an explosion was heard and smoke was seen
near one of the reactors at around 4PM.
The power station operator Tokyo Electric Power Company told the agency that 4 people were injured.
Video of the reactor in question shows the outer wall of the building that houses the reactor has disappeared.
Prefectural authorities say the power company informed them that the ceiling of the building collapsed after an explosion.
Agency: Uranium fuel may be melting at reactor
The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency
says 2 radioactive substances, cesium and radioactive iodine, have been
detected near the Number One reactor at the Fukushima Number One
nuclear power station.
The agency says this indicates that some of the metal containers of uranium fuel may have started melting.
The substances are produced by fuel fission.
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