In the wake of the nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan after a major earthquake rocked the island nation last month, the United States has been exploring the safety not only of its nuclear power plants, but also of nuclear energy, on the whole.
Shares in the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO), the owner of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, dropped to an all-time low today amidst concerns of the company's ability to contain radiation at the troubled facility.
Japanese firefighters, police and soldiers continue to put themselves at serious risk of radiation poisoning as they spray nuclear reactors with with water from firetrucks. Officials from the country's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the situation's "events scale" from 4 to 5. Chernobyl was rated a 7, the highest level in the international scaling system.
In his first public address regarding the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, President Obama made it abundantly clear that U.S. authorities do not expect radiation to make it to the western United States, Hawaii, or any American territories in the Pacific.