Meltdown

culled from Kyodo news, CNN, and Al Jazeera:

Fukushima has been hit by another explosion. Saturday’s blast was at No.1 reactor – this morning’s was at No.3 reactor. It injured 11 people.

Fukushima reactor three “highly likely facing meltdown” at this time although the “worst scenario unlikely to be like Chernobyl,” say government officials.
Fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 plant are now fully exposed; “melting feared.”

Thousand body tides, thousands missing; Over 550,000 people are spread amongst 2,500 emergency shelters. Millions face the fourth night without food, water, or heat.

The US fleet has been moved a safer distance from the coast after detecting elevated radiation levels on planes and personnel.

Meanwhile, France has asked its citizens to leave immediately.

Japan’s cabinet secretary appeals for calm.