Friday, March 11, 2011

Japanese Quake Triggers Nuclear Emergency

In the wake of the 8.9 earthquake, the Herald Sun is reporting that a nuclear power plant in Japan has shut down and is unable to cool its reactor. MSNBC says it's two nuke plants. Monsters & Critics says five, and that a fire has broken out at one of them.

Although the official statements from the operators of said plants, and from the Japanese government, assure the public that all is well and that there is no danger, we remain skeptical. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said: "Parts of nuclear plants were automatically shut down but we haven't confirmed any effects induced by radioactive materials outside the facilities."