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Technology Fukushima now stands at 3 meltdowns

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The March 2011 Fukushima Daichi nuclear disaster has taken on a new dimension.  On June 6th Japan's Nuclear Response Headquarters reported that three full meltdowns occurred with twice the radiation reported in the past.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced full meltdowns according to the officials in Japan.  The company  Tokyo Electric Power Company continues to avoid the word meltdown.

Not long after the initial reports of the disaster, expert observers pointed to the massive hydrogen explosions that happened first in reactor 1, then 3 and finally 2. 

Hydrogen is a product of massive overheating that converts water into hydrogen and oxygen at about 3000 F degrees.  The external damage shown on world television alarmed experts.

The company and Japan has been slow to acknowledge the extent of the damage.  They have repeatedly 'low balled' estimates of damage and the extent of the radiation.  This has called into question the way nations report disasters that have world-wide ramifications.

It is clear that experts outside of Japan consistently were ahead of both the company and the government of Japan in reporting damage estimates that were close to being on target..

 

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