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Failure of imagination can be deadly: Fukushima is a warning

The extent of the damage at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear facility is still unknown, but comparisons to Chernobyl were inevitable as soon as fuel rods became exposed and an explosion rocked the site. But is the analogy accurate? Chernobyl, the worst nuclear disaster thus far in the history of the industry, was the result of a [...]

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The Japan nuclear crisis at Fukushima: A video summary

On March 11, a powerful earthquake set off a tsunami that swamped the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, cutting off power and causing nuclear fuel rods to overheat and melt. Explosions damaged containment housing and released radioactive particles, and contaminated seawater has flowed into the ocean. Workers are attempting to control the mess, but high radiation [...]

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Experts on Japan nuclear crisis answer questions from Nature readers

During the morning of April 6, our colleagues at Nature ran a live, online question-and-answer event about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. Visitors posted questions for Jim Smith, an environmental physicist from the University of Portsmouth, U.K., and Geoff Brumfiel, Nature’s senior physical sciences correspondent. Brian Owen served as moderator.   Below is an edited [...]

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