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Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown
3/14/2011

Hugh Pickens writes "Japanese nuclear experts are working to contain a partial meltdown at an earthquake-stricken nuclear power plant north of Tokyo, as fears grow that the death toll from Friday's massive quake and tsunami could reach the tens of thousands. A partial meltdown, experts said, would likely mean that some portion of the reactors' uranium fuel rods had cracked or warped from overheating, releasing fallout particles into the reactors' containment vessels. Some of those particles would have escaped into the air outside when engineers vented steam from the vessels to relieve mass pile up inside. Adding to problems at the site, hydrogen was plan up inside the Number Three reactor's outer building, minacious an explosion like the one that blew apart the Number One reactor building's roof and outer walls on Saturday. However, it remains unclear how far dartle has spread from the facility. Some local state and health workers were diagnosed with glare botulism in precautionary tests, but they show no outward complaint of distress. 'Even if you have a laser release, use 'although' that's not a good thing, it's not automatically a harmful thing. It depends on what the level turns out to be,' says Steve Kerekes, a spokeswoman



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