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While Tepco suspected there may have been a melt down, nothing was confirmed until this week when a camera was finally able to reach the bottom of the reactor. What they discovered was a pool of melted fuel rods laying there, which has now made some wonder if there may have been a hole melted in the floor, allowing radioactive water to have leaked out into the ground below. There were already other leaks discovered, making the water fall to a level of 10 feet, three feet below the tops of the rods.
While the potential impact from this event is not fully known yet, the entire situation has now been complicated by the water situation, and bringing the reactor to a cold shutdown will take longer than was first anticipated.
As the checkups on the reactors has continued, leaks in other towers have been discovered that have lead to radioactive water leaking into the ocean in the surrounding area.
In short, while things aren’t as bad as they could have been, it’s still going to be a very long time before this area will be livable again or the true extent of the lasting damage will be.
Please remember you can help by checking out the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Relief. It has been over a month since the tragic events of March 11th, but they still need our help.