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BBC News reports, "A large explosion has occurred at the Fukushima-Daiichi - or Fukushima I - nuclear power plant in north- eastern Japan, close to the epicentre of Friday's earthquake. Officials fear a meltdown at one of the plant's reactors. Tens of thousands of people in the surrounding area have been urged to evacuate."

A large explosion has occurred at the Fukushima-Dalichi nuclear power plant in Japan, 03/12/11. (photo: AP)
A large explosion has occurred at the Fukushima-Dalichi nuclear power plant in Japan, 03/12/11. (photo: AP) your social media marketing partner


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+8 # Archie1954 2011-03-12 11:38
"It's stupid and unproductive", that it is and it also shows a vindictive government lacking in any kind of decency and humanity. Has the US government become so large, so immoral and unethical that this is what it considers a normal response to an individual accused of a non violent crime? Remember that the corporal has not been found guilty of anything. He is simply accused. If the government can do that to him it can certainly do that to the rest of us. Think about it.
+13 # Michael Rivero 2011-03-12 11:49
I have to wonder if we would be facing this crisis if the International Atomic Energy Agency had focused on inspecting the safety of the very real power stations of the world instead of wasting all their time and resources trying to find the fantasy nuclear weapons of Iraq and Iran.
0 # AndreM5 2011-03-14 09:46
IAEA already does that.
0 # K.S. 2011-03-12 12:22
In response to the title.

0 # mtnview 2011-03-12 12:42
Reports on CNN that doses of iodine are being distributed to people near the Nuclear Plant. This was also done after Chernoble; didn't help.
+1 # AndreM5 2011-03-14 09:49
Yes it did as a preventive measure for the surrounding populace while they were being evacuated. But preloading with cold iodine can't help after the fact, after exposure to I-131, as was the case for the workers at Chernobyl.
+11 # billy bob 2011-03-12 13:17
Remember how we didn't keep holding repugnicans feet to the fire about BP?

Remember how we didn't keep sustainably holding repugs accountable for their philosophy after the most recent right-wing terrorist attack (the 5th in the last 12 months)?

Don't you think it's time we start being a little more vocal? For a start we could cut the crap of repeating everything they say, like we "need to stop relying on foreign oil". Look up "fungible" and tell me if you honestly think it makes a difference where the oil comes from. Calling coal "clean", ignoring the MAJOR side effects of fracking in the pursuit of more natural gas, pretending nuclear isn't a ticking time bomb, and pretending we can use oil forever without consequences, and pretending global climate change isn't caused by humans, are all examples of lying to ourselves.


We ALREADY HAVE clean fuel sources and technology that ACTUALLY WORK and that ARE ACTUALLY CLEAN. The ONLY reason they aren't being used much is political. If we can't start electing politicians SOON, who are willing to put some MAJOR INVESTMENT into a national power grid that relies on MORE wind farms, and MORE solar fields; and who are willing to admit that we can use this energy to fuel ELECTRIC CARS...

if we can't do that SOON, WE'RE SCREWED.

+1 # edensasp 2011-03-12 20:20
The ONLY reason they aren't being used much is..... political?

How about these alternative environmentally friendly sources of energy are not profitable to those in the oil-gas-coal-nu clear energy production & sales ....

The only "profit" would be to the consumer and environment.
+2 # billy bob 2011-03-12 23:53
That's what I said... "political". That's what "political" means.

If you can separate the implications of the word "political" from those of the word "profitable" in this country, you must be aware of news that hasn't reached my neck of the woods yet.
+3 # AndreM5 2011-03-14 09:51
If you account for all the variables, there is nothing profitable about oil/coal/nuclea r. They require MASSIVE subsidies/corpo rate welfare to work at all, but they are MASSIVELY profitable for the beneficiaries of the subsidies.
+3 # james smith 2011-03-13 22:51
What i am seeing on the media with the earthquake disaster in japan and the way the Japanese government and common people are dealing with it is such a opposite contrast to the New Orleans disaster in the USA.
I haven't seen any armed police or military on the news in Japan . Compare that with the chaos in NEW Orleans DISASTER , Such a spirit of leadership and comradeship in Japan !!
+3 # trina 2011-03-14 01:26
This will be America if we do not fight the greedy Corporations Now.

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