"Nuclear facilities in Japan ... were built to withstand earthquakes -- but not an 8.9 earthquake."
What?! And why not? It's not like such big earthquakes have never happened before.
The idea that nuclear plants (and waste) need to be kept safe FOREVER seems to be the fatal flaw of the pro-nuclear position. Hubris, people. Hubris.
Anyway, poor Japan. My thoughts are with those missing friends and family and entire hometowns, including my one dear friend from Sendai. I cannot begin to comprehend what she is going through.