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Is a Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor About to Fall Into the Ocean?

Claim: A damaged nuclear reactor at Fukushima Daiichi is about to fall into the ocean.

Origin:On 3 February 2017, the disreputable web site YourNewsWire posted a story with the alarming but false claim that one of the reactors damaged in the 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was on the verge of falling into the ocean:

Scientists at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have declared a state of emergency as one of the reactors is on the verge of falling into the ocean.

Lethal levels of radiation have been detected around the site which scientists say stems from a hole caused by melted nuclear fuel.

No credible news reports have stated that a Fukushima reactor is about to fall into the ocean, nor has any Japanese government agency announced a state of emergency. YourNewsWire’s exaggerated “news” seems to have been derived from…

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