Disaster Zone

Explosion at Japan Nuke Plant

Japanese officials say there’s been a hydrogen explosion at another nuclear power plant. This would be the second nuclear-plant explosion to hit Japan after a massive earthquake crippled the nation’s nuclear facilities. Officials have evacuated 180,000 people in the surrounding area, and reporters say the blast was felt as far as 30 miles away. A possible silver lining: The reactor’s inner containment vessel is reportedly still intact, giving reason to believe that environmental risk to the public will not be severe. Meanwhile, the quake’s death toll continues to soar. Search crews found 2,000 bodies on the northeastern coast on Monday, and the hardest-hit areas have still yet to be reached.