Progress Reported at Crippled Japanese Nuclear Plant
"In the meantime, pumper trucks, normally used to pour concrete, are spraying tons of water on the exposed used fuel rods. The fuel needs to be kept immersed in water to avoid heating to dangerous temperatures that could cause them to stream high levels of radiation into the atmosphere."
Analysis: This actually tells you there is no progress at all. There is only detoriation. Tons of water on the EXPOSED fuel rods? Steaming radiation? Where do those tons of water go?
the announcement was early b/c the results were much better then the expectations the market had worked up the last couple of weeks. Yes, they will have the final numbers on the 26th. Notice how they still provided a range today. Thats b/c they have a few numbers they are still finalizing from the Q, but they are 99.99% sure it'll be within the range provided.