The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last year lasted for many terrifying minutes. But the legacy of the nuclear meltdowns that followed will last for decades. Steam laced with radioactive material poured into the air. Water contaminated with radiation also flowed into the sea. The plant still looks like a ruin, but the situation is actually stable. “The risks of further releases from the plant are pretty low, and the main issue going forward is the decontamination and ultimately cleaning out and removing the damaged fuel from these reactors,” says Per Peterson of Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. Read more: NPR.
Source: Today at Berkeley Lab