This week we’re taking a look at nuclear energy around the globe. Today we focus on China. According to the World Nuclear Association, mainland China has 13 nuclear power reactors in operation and at least 25 more are currently under construction. And that is just the beginning.
The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says all the water is gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan's most troubled nuclear plant. This means there's nothing to stop the fuel rods from getting hotter and ultimately melting down.
The death toll following Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami has reached 3,400 and is expected to rise. Meanwhile, the nuclear crisis continues to unfold at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the northeast.