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“N.R.C. Suspects Leak in Core of Japan Nuclear Reactor Was More Advanced (Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says)” via the New York Times

WASHINGTON — The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that some of the core of a stricken Japanese reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure, implying that the damage was even worse than previously thought.

The statement came as the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, started to inject nitrogen into the reactor containment vessel of unit No. 1 to prevent a possible explosion.

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