The video embedded below is an infographic that reveals the movement of the radioactive cloud released from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and the associated increase in Twitter traffic as it approaches new countries. The map was developed by Gerhard Wotowa a PhD specialist at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Division for Data, Methods, and Modeling. I finished writing my paper late last night (or early this morning) and went downstairs to relax a little and there was a special on the Green Channel lead by Paula Zahn interviewing Nuclear Specialists analyzing the severity of the disaster. The plant has 6 separate reactors….power was totally lost so there was no way to pump water into the reactors to cool them causing tremendous explosions. The engineers are risking their lives to contain the damage. Eventually, as a last resort, helicopters dropped sea water over the reactors. This has become the most expensive disaster in history and it is overwhelming to think that they can ever overcome such adversity.

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