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Monday, March 14, 2011

Edano hedges the bets..

While Cabinet Secretary Edano is saying that it is not at all certain that events at No. 2 have led to higher site readings, he's also ordered all persons that for whatever reason remain near the plant to remain indoors and not open windows. This is in the 20 to 30 KM radius area.

At this time, the most serious condition is at No. 2 plant with possible core melt. Fuel element failure is already practically assured at No. 1 and No. 3 plants which both have also experienced radiolytic hydrogen explosions that have damaged their reactor buildings and possibly their secondary containments. There is also a fire burning at No. 4 plant which apparently was in a refuelling cycle, with the reactor vessel head off and the vessel, containing spent fuel, open to the atmosphere.

There is the chance that No. 4 plant's fire is releasing radioactive contamination.

10:30 PM Monday 3/14

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