"The government has ordered some 140,000 people in the vicinity to stay indoors. A little radiation was also detected in Tokyo, 150 miles (240 kilometers) to the south and triggered panic buying of food and water."
That entire statement is a hyperlink to the story.
It's so predictable nowadays. From the very start with the reactor's emergency pumps failing and the remarks about this situation not being another Chernobyl made me wince. It's getting to the point where if you are told by the media not to worry about something specific, that is precisely what you should be worrying about.
I hate to be so pessimistic, I know people like to say that statements like that are the thing of "tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists," but what do you say, or do, when the negative side of things is the reality? Just shut your mouth and listen and do as you're told?
I think we should be building more nuclear power plants, not shutting the ones that we have down. But we certainly need to be smarter instead of building them on coastlines or fault lines and the other madness that we have been doing for years.
"We" meaning "mankind" and not just The United States of America, or Japan or the former Soviet Union, etc.