March 14, 2011
As Japanese residents continue to recover from earthquake and tsunami damage, another problem threatens the country. On Monday, Japanese officials said their nuclear plants are at risk and meltdowns are a dangerous possibility.
The situation is so bad in the country, nuclear experts warned the problems could lead to a disaster worse than Chernobyl. Two reactors have suffered partial meltdowns, and a second explosion occurred at the Dai-Chi nuclear plant in Fukishima.
Meantime, officials are trying to stop the plants from over-heating by pumping seawater into the cores to cool them down. As one physicist explained, any possible solution is needed right now.
"Think of a car that's spinning out of control. You hit the brakes, the brakes don't work. The backup systems don't work. The radiator then begins to blow up, like we've been seeing on television. Then your gas tank is about to explode in flames," said Michio Kaku, a physicist at the City University of New York.
Radiation was detected at the Dai-Chi plant after it exploded, and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan had to move U.S. forces from the area who were trying to help with rescue efforts.