Would the Japanese public have ever heard of this if the government didn’t have to submit this report to the IAEA? What do you think, boys and girls? I’ve been tagging these kinds of news articles as “news” and “Fukushima” and “nuclear”, but perhaps I should also be tagging them “culture”, as in “culture of secrecy, hiding, denial and lying.”

Nuclear fuel in three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has possibly melted through pressure vessels and accumulated at the bottom of outer containment vessels, according to a government report obtained Tuesday by The Yomiuri Shimbun.A “melt-through”–when melted nuclear fuel leaks from the bottom of damaged reactor pressure vessels into containment vessels–is far worse than a core meltdown and is the worst possibility in a nuclear accident.The possibility of the situation at the plant’s Nos. 1 to 3 reactors was raised in a report that is to be submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

via ‘Melt-through’ at Fukushima? / Govt report to IAEA suggests situation worse than meltdown : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE The Daily Yomiuri.