Take a few minutes to peruse an excellent, in-depth analysis of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear plant accident.
Here’s a quick quote from the piece, which interviews nuclear expert Arnold Gundersen:
If there’s any good news from Fukushima it’s that the wind was blowing offshore most of the time. If the wind was blowing onshore, Japan would be cut in half. There would be an uninhabitable zone going right across the island if the wind was blowing the other way.
Several more detailed stories about Japan’s recovery efforts can be found here.