t in an already hellish nightmare
for the people of Japan:
Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Monday: "Although we cannot directly check it, it's highly likely happening."
Some experts would consider that a partial meltdown of the reactor. Others, though, reserve that term for times when nuclear fuel melts through a reactor's innermost chamber but not through the outer containment shell.
In addition to the massive loss of human life, the despair and angst over the missing
, the ruinous economic impact
, and other freakish natural occurrences
, the fear of nuclear radiation is an almost inconceivable addition to Japan's roster of grief and concern. Absolutely heartbreaking.
For an arresting, and truly disturbing, series of before-and-after aerial photos of the devastation, click through