AP Photo | GeoEyeIn this combination of photos provided by GeoEye, Natori, Japan is seen. The photo on the left was taken April 4, 2010. The photo on right was taken Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Oshika Peninsula.
The Japanese nuclear reactor hit by the tsunami went into ‘meltdown’ today, as officials admitted that fuel rods appear to be melting inside three damaged reactors.
There is a risk that molten nuclear fuel can melt through the reactor’s safety barriers and cause a serious radiation leak.
There have already been explosions inside two over-heating reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and the fuel rods inside a third were partially exposed as engineers desperately fight to keep them cool after the tsunami knocked out systems.