As Obama orders the evacuation of American personnel from Japan, the UN predicted a nuclear plume generated in Japan could cross the pacific and hit the west coast of the United States as soon as March 18.
Amid the growing threat of a nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan following the quake and tsunami, the emergency services, aided by international rescue teams, have launched a country-wide recovery effort.
Japanese authorities admit they are coping with an unprecedented crisis at Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant and insist there is still a chance to avert a nuclear disaster. But many in the nuclear field do not share their hope.
Japan's handling of the nuclear crisis appears to be failing while atomic experts point out that the Fukushima reactors were designed by America's General Electric Company and there are some built-in flaws.
Radiation levels remain unchanged at Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima-1 nuclear plant even after helicopters dropped tons of water onto the hardest-hit reactor. The focus of the crisis is shifting to the overheated pools storing spent fuel rods.
Several confidential reports disclosed by WikiLeaks suggest that the Japanese government has been underperforming in tackling the safety of the country’s nuclear facilities and their ability to withstand earthquakes.