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Updated: March 14, 2011 18:37 IST

Japan utility: Nuke fuel rods were fully exposed

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Self-Defence Force members search for missing people before they use heavy machinery in Noda village, northern Japan, on Monday, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. Photo: AP.
Self-Defence Force members search for missing people before they use heavy machinery in Noda village, northern Japan, on Monday, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. Photo: AP.

The exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant - the latest reactor to lose its ability to cool down.

A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor have been fully exposed.

The exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai—ichi plant - the latest reactor to lose its ability to cool down. The other two reactors at the plant are facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with sea water.

Tokyo Electric Power said on Monday sea water is being channelled into Unit 2. It did not know if the rods were covered yet.

Their exposure raises the risk of the reactor overheating, which can lead to meltdown.

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