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Water inside Fukushima No. 1 reactor may be only 40 cm deep via The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — An analysis by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization has shown that the level of the water filling the crippled No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may be far lower than estimated by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., officials of the organization said Tuesday.

The organization of nuclear experts estimated that the water in the primary containment vessel is only 40 centimeters deep. The utility known as TEPCO has estimated the water level to be about 1.9 meters.

Not disputed is the fact coolant water injected into the reactor is leaking as a result of the accident at the plant. JNES officials noted there are “uncertainties” in their analysis.

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