Understanding what's happened with Japan's nuclear plants 

When you hear about "meltdowns" and "hydrogen explosions" and damage to the buildings housing nuclear reactors, it's hard to the layman to know exactly what's going on and what the dangers are.

I found this blog post to be a very long, but very informative read on the topic. It was written two days ago, before an additional hydrogen explosion, but it does explain why such explosions are not necessarily to be feared. So far, despite just about every imaginable thing going wrong, beginning with an earthquake seven times as powerful as what the reactor was built to withstand, this decades-old reactor is performing just as it should -- so far, anyway.

This is in sharp contrast to Chernobyl, where poorly designed equipment and bad management led to the equivalent of a massive dirty bomb being unleashed on the general public.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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