Monday, May 16, 2011

Unfit to print

TEPCO has acknowledged that reactors 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi have undergone meltdown. Unit 1 melted within hours of the earthquake/tsunami, and melted though the containment vessel.

The New York Times still hasn't deemed to cover this story, evidently their editors feel that the news that Osama bin Ladin is still dead is of overriding importance, and anything else just a distraction.

UPDATE: In an article on May 18, with the headline "In Japan Reactor Failings, Danger Signs for the U.S." the Times actually says it, well down in the body of text:
Tokyo Electric in recent days has acknowledged that damage at the plant was worse than previously thought, with fuel rods most likely melting completely at Reactors 1, 2 and 3 in the early hours of the crisis, raising the danger of more catastrophic releases of radioactive materials. The company also said new evidence seemed to confirm that at Reactor No. 1, the pressure vessel, the last layer of protection, was broken and leaking radioactive water.

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