TOKYO—As Japan's nuclear power plant crisis entered its seventh day, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said it would be "unrealistic to think this accident will not impact decisions by governments" on the use of nuclear power.
As teams of Japanese engineers scramble to prevent a disastrous release of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists are already preparing for a challenge that may unfold over several years: Tracking the spread of radioactive material beyond the reactors a
Ritsuko Komaki, 67, grew up in Hiroshima after the atomic bombing there. Her experience led her to become a radiation oncologist, and she now works at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, treating lung cancer.
Among the worst case scenarios at the Fukushima plant is that the spent nuclear fuel, which sits in essentially open cooling pools near the six nuclear reactors, could catch fire for a prolonged period and spew tons of radioactive dust in a radioactive plume.
Readers ask: Is there a link between climate change and increases in global seismic activity? If so, could this be due to redistribution of water over the planet's surface decreasing pressure in some areas and increasing it in others?
TOKYO—At a press briefing today Keiichi Nakagawa, a radiologist at University of Tokyo Hospital, predicted that the radiation emanating from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant will have a negligible effect on public health.
Science has asked our readers to chime in with their most pressing questions on the earthquake in Japan and its aftermath, including the nuclear crisis. Below are some of our top picks, answered by Science's news staff.