More than 70 percent of the nuclear fuel in one of the reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is highly likely to have melted in the wake of the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami, according to a university research team.
Using special film that can detect muons, which form when cosmic radiation reaches the Earth, penetrates most matter and changes direction after colliding with uranium in nuclear fuel, the team at Nagoya University has confirmed the high possibility of 70 to 100 percent of the fuel having melted in the plant’s No. 2 reactor.
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