Japan Again

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 15, 2011

Much of the latest news can be found here. There was a report stating that Yukio Edano, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, “said radiation readings started rising rapidly Wednesday morning outside the front gate of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. ‘All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate, and they have,’ he said, according to a translation by NHK television.” However, at the time of this writing, the most recent report tells us that “a small group of workers remains at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, contrary to what an English translation of the chief cabinet secretary’s remarks had implied.”

This isn’t a bowl of cherries, by any stretch of the imagination. But without being overly sanguine, it remains important to keep some perspective. Freaking out solves nothing; quite the contrary, freaking out only creates more problems.

I continue to watch this story closely, and I do so with more than a bit of nervous apprehension. But by all estimations, we are not going to have ourselves a second Chernobyl. That fact should calm us down. The fact that cool heads are needed to get through this situation makes the need for calm that much more imperative.

My podcast on the issue, by the way, can be found here.

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