Emergency workers in Japan scrambled to connect a new power line to the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex Saturday even as officials said the facility's tsunami-shattered equipment may be unable restart critical cooling systems.Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The first radiation measurements from within a 37-mile radius of the disabled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant do not reveal any immediate health threat – and perhaps not even any health problems measurable decades from now, if levels stay where they are.This may surprise people who assume that radioa
The earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan are having a ripple effect on the trans-Pacific seafood trade.In Seattle, Sushi Kappo Tamura chef and owner Taichi Kitamura is worried now that a big chunk of the Japanese fishing industry damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.
Worries about nuclear power are rippling across the world as Japan struggles to stave off a potential nuclear meltdown. Earlier in the week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the temporary closure of some of the country’s nuclear plants.
The situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi facility is prompting many comparisons to the two prior crises that have become cultural touchstones for what can go wrong at a nuclear power plant: Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.See how the disasters compare. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.