The outer shell of the rods could also ignite with enough force to propel the radioactive fuel inside over a wide area.
Gregory Jaczko did not say how the information was obtained, but the NRC and U.S. department of energy both have experts on site at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex of six reactors.
He said officials believe radiation levels are extremely high, and that could affect workers’ ability to stop temperatures escalating.
Frantic attempts to cool down the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami had to be suspended after high radiation levels were recorded.
Technicians later returned, but it was another setback in Japanese efforts to avoid a nuclear catastrophe.
The Foreign Office issued advice to any British nationals in – or to the north of – Tokyo to consider leaving the area because of the ‘evolving situation’ in Fukushima and potential disruptions to the supply of goods, transport, communications and power.
A spokesman for the British Embassy in Tokyo added: ‘We are keeping our advice under constant review, taking into account statements from the Japanese authorities and informed by independent UK scientific and health experts.’
Dozens of other governments have issued similar recommendations, including Australia, Germany and France.
The French government today claimed that Japan was losing control of the situation at Fukushima and urged its nationals in Tokyo to leave the country or head to southern Japan.
Industry Minister Eric Besson said: ‘Let’s not beat about the bush. They have visibly lost the essential of control (of the situation). That is our analysis, in any case, it’s not what they are saying.’
Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet branded the situation a ‘catastrophe’ and said the latest information ‘does not lead to optimism’.
‘We recommend that all French citizens who do not have a good reason to stay in Tokyo either take a plane or, if they absolutely insist on staying, head south,’ said, noted there was no official evacuation order.
Source: Daily Mail
I don’t think the media can absolutely portray how truly horrific a situation is. The chaos ensuing in Japan, the fears the people are experiencing, the perplexity surrounding is what Our Messiah Jesus Christ said will happen in the end days. And Japan will not be the only one experiencing it. It will be the entire world.
It is time for the people of Japan, for the whole entire world to recognize that Jesus Christ truly is near. To die without Jesus Christ is truly horrible. The Bible describes what will happen to those that do not believe (the faithless) in our Messiah Jesus Christ.
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Written by: Gloria