Worse than Three Mile Island 

Officials now believe that radiation is leaking from the containment at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, making Japan's nuclear accident worse than the 1979 accident at Three-Mile Island but still not as bad a Chernobyl.

At Three Mile Island, the radiation leak was held inside the containment shell — thick concrete armor around the reactor. The Chernobyl reactor had no shell and was also operational when the disaster struck. The Japanese reactors automatically shut down when the quake hit.

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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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