Tepco, the operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima atomic power plant, has confirmed there have been further fuel rod meltdowns as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.
Previously, Tepco had only admitted a meltdown at reactor No.1, but the firm now says there have been meltdowns at three of the plant’s six reactors.
Tepco’s General Manager, Junichi Matsumoto, said the “situation for reactors 2 and 3 was helped by the fact they retained some sort of cooling capability for a short time after the disaster struck.”
As part of its effort to explain how events at Fukushima spun out of control, Tepco has been holding two press conferences per day on most days of the week.
Despite the steady flow of information on how the clean-up is proceeding, authorities still face criticism for what some say is a lack of timely disclosure.