New blast at nuke plans gives rise to new fears 

So far, despite multiple problems with essential water pumps and generators, Japan seemed likely to avoid a worst-case scenario with the nuclear plants affected by the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami. But a third hydrogen explosion this evening could have changed all that:

Despite the cascade of equipment failures at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, some nuclear experts noted that the fuel rods there, whose temperature could have risen to as high as 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, would lose some of their heat over the next few days and would probably remain encased, even in the worst-case scenario, in a secondary containment structure with several feet of steel and concrete walls.

But the new explosion raises new questions. With it impossible to see into the reactor vessels, officials were in large part speculating about what is happening inside by using a variety of gauges and indicators.

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