Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Accidents - Open thread

We've had a huge number of visits to Furry Elephant over the past few days from people trying to find out basic information about nuclear power.

My guess is that there will be releases of radioactive materials into the environment that will worry a lot of people but that won't have drastic health effects, certainly not compared with the earthquake and tsunamis that caused the accidents.


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