This article is from the In-Depth Report The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident 25 Years Later

The Japan Nuclear Crisis: What You Need to Know

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant changes daily. This list provides a compilation of our most essential coverage of the reactor and the radiation threat. Last updated April 12, 2011

For a complete list of our coverage, see our In-Depth Report "The Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis"


The Main Points

Key Developments to Know about the Japan Nuclear Crisis [Updated]

Confused by the fast-changing pace of events? Here are the bullet points to know

By The Editors  | April 5, 2011


Reactor Status


Nuclear Experts Explain Worst-Case Scenario at Fukushima Power Plant

By Steve Mirsky  | March 12, 2011


What Happens During a Nuclear Meltdown?

By John Matson  | March 15, 2011


How to Cool a Nuclear Reactor

By David Biello  | March 11, 2011 


Nuclear Accident Is Long-Feared "Station Blackout" [Podcast]

By Steve Mirsky  | March 14, 2011


How Much Spent Nuclear Fuel Does the Fukushima Daiichi Facility Hold?

By Katherine Harmon  | March 17, 2011


Is Seawater a Last Resort to Cooling Japan's Nuclear Reactors?

By Larry Greenemeier  | March 15, 2011 


Fate of Nuclear Plant in Japan Hangs in the Balance as Melting Continues

By David Biello  | March 18, 2011 

Is Fukushima really as bad as Chernobyl?

By David Biello  | Apr 12, 2011 

Radiation and Health



How Radiation Threatens Health

By Nina Bai  | March 15, 2011 


Does Potassium Iodide Protect People from Radiation Leaks?

By Larry Greenemeier  | March 15, 2011 


How Far from Fukushima Will Fallout Pose a Health Risk?

By John Matson  | Mar 18, 2011  


Radiation's Complications: Pinning Health Problems on a Nuclear Disaster Isn't So Easy

By Charles Q. Choi  | March 16, 2011 


Radioactive Omission: Where Are the Anti-Radiation Drugs?

By  Katherine Harmon and Francie Diep  | April 4, 2011

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