Japan to convene earthquake rebuilding council as massive search for bodies is mounted

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will convene a national earthquake-rebuilding council within 10 days. U.S. and Japanese troops mount a massive search for the bodies of more than 16,000 missing . High radioactivity readings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are scrutinized. Reporting from Tokyo and Los Angeles—   Japanese Prime Minister Naoto … Continue reading

Japan’s nuclear situation nearing severity of Chernobyl

(CNN) — The explosion Tuesday at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated the situation there to a “serious accident” on a level just below Chernobyl, a French nuclear official said, referring to an international scale that rates the severity of such incidents. The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale — or INES — goes … Continue reading