| Mar 17, 2011
California has failed to identify and retrofit thousands of brittle concrete buildings despite years of warnings from scientists that the structures are highly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake.
Officials have known as far back as the 1971...
| Mar 15, 2011
| 9:33 AM
Re "Japan crisis may derail 'nuclear renaissance,' " March 14
If anything good can be said to have come from the terrible disaster in Japan, it is the realization that nuclear power plants can, at any time, be subjected to unexpected...
| Apr 15, 2011
The radiation gauge beeped, signaling that isotopes were in the atmosphere.
As our SUV followed a line of electricity towers marching across deserted farmland, we made an agreement: If the dosimeter hit 15, we'd turn around. The device inched up to 12,...
| Apr 12, 2011
Japanese nuclear regulatory officials Tuesday raised the severity rating at the earthquake- and tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant to the highest level by international standards, equaling the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in the former Soviet Union....
| Mar 29, 2011
Structural engineer Kit Miyamoto was giving a speech in Japan on earthquake safety when this month's record quake struck, giving him a front-row seat for the unfolding disaster and what steps might save lives next time.
"This disaster basically paralyzed...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 5:24 PM
How did Japanese workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant jury-rig fire hoses to cool damaged reactors? Is contaminated water from waste pools overflowing into the Pacific Ocean? Exactly who is the national incident commander?
The answers to these...
| Mar 17, 2011
Most of the dozens of tsunami-battered towns along Japan's northeastern coast remain mired in mud, but the situation in Ishinomaki is a bit different. Nearly a week after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the city of 162,000, large portions remain...
| Mar 17, 2011
His voice was measured, his language formal, his demeanor somber. It was perhaps the clearest sign yet of just how grave Japan's nuclear crisis had become: The emperor spoke.
Akihito, the nation's 77-year-old sovereign, delivered an unprecedented address...
| Apr 17, 2011
The U.S. nuclear industry is turning up the power on old reactors, spurring quiet debate over the safety of pushing aging equipment beyond its original specifications.
The little-publicized practice, known as uprating, has expanded the country's nuclear...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 9:36 PM
Full text and commentary as the Democrat seeks to regain control of Washington's political narrative....
| Mar 16, 2011
| 4:33 PM
U.S. stocks suffered another bruising sell-off in heavy trading Wednesday as fears mounted of a larger disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor complex. Broad market indexes now are negative year-to-date after surrendering the last of their...