In the most frightening nuclear incident since Chernobyl, last year the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami caused great damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. Three of the reactors were in shutdown at the time of the tsunami, and the other three went into automatic shutdown when the wave hit. Seawater flooded the emergency generators, stopping power to the pumps that were cooling down the three hot reactor cores. This led to those cores going into meltdown, with release of radioactive material into the surrounding environment. No one was directly killed by radiation, though six workers received massive doses and three hundred more had significant exposure. It is estimated that anywhere between 0 and 1000 deaths may be attributed in the future to cancers related to the radiation.
LiLi built this rendition of the Fukushima disaster.
Kenneth the Legoman made this tribute to the brave disaster workers that entered the plant to cool down and contain the radioactive cores.