Monday :: Mar 14, 2011

Open Thread

by Mary

The situation at the failing Nuclear Power plants continues to be worrying with a new explosion in the third reactor today.

As the scale of Japan’s nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months.

The emergency flooding of two stricken reactors with seawater and the resulting steam releases are a desperate step intended to avoid a much bigger problem: a full meltdown of the nuclear cores in two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. On Monday, an explosion blew the roof off the second reactor, not damaging the core, officials said, but presumably leaking more radiation.

The people of Japan face tremendous challenges in the next weeks and months. We can help with by making donations to the Red Cross, Mercy Corps or the organization of your choice.

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