Tokyo (CNN) — A meltdown may be under way at one of Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear power reactors in northern Japan, an official with Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told CNN Sunday.
“There is a possibility, we see the possibility of a meltdown,” said Toshihiro Bannai, director of the agency’s international affairs office, in a telephone interview from the agency’s headquarters in Tokyo. “At this point, we have still not confirmed that there is an actual meltdown, but there is a possibility.”
Though he said engineers have been unable to get close enough to the core to know what’s going on, he based his conclusion on the fact that they measured radioactive cesium and radioactive iodine in the air Saturday night.
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[Fulano’s note: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants were designed back in the 1960’s and are of an old, high pressure water-moderated design. Modern nuclear power plants are designed differently now and cannot meltdown, even with a total loss of coolant and power. I would expect that when this crisis is over, these nuclear plants will be decommissioned and demolished.]