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Japan Utility Admits It Delayed Report of Fukushima Meltdown

The operator of Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said its officials were unaware of a company emergency manual that defined a meltdown as damage exceeding 5 percent of a reactor's fuel. Instead, TEPCO described the condition of the reactors as less serious "core damage" for two months after the plant was hit by a...

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