Smoke rises from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan Saturday after an explosion at one of its buildings, blowing the roof off one building, brought down walls and caused a radiation leak of unspecified proportions. The evacuation zone around Fukushima has been doubled to 12 miles in radius. A government spokesman initially denied that an explosion had occurred — despite video evidence. (Photo: NHK TV via APTN / The New York Times)
I think we should all be concerned at this point how the Japanese government is handling the situation at Fukushima. It’s understandable that there may be some confusion just one day after a massive earthquake, but for Christ’s sake, you can’t have a government spokesman denying that an explosion happened when it fucking happened. And that’s after they told us everything was okay at the four nuke plants closest to the epicenter, when things clearly weren’t.
The International Atomic Energy Agency needs to take point on any and all news regarding Fukushima and the country’s other nuclear reactors. The Japanese government just can’t be trusted anymore.