Earthquakes Hit United States & Japan
North and South Carolina had an earthquake yesterday evening, but it wasn’t even half the magnitude of the earthquake that rattled Japan today. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake registered at 6.3 and struck six miles deep, just 170 miles east of the country’s main island. Fortunately, no tsunami warning was needed. However, the Fukushima nuclear power plant could still be vulnerable.
Overnight, a pool used for storing spent fuel got very hot and reached boiling point. Concerns over the power plant are only growing. Though it’s probably one of the last things anyone wants to hear, as the water in the pool boils off, fuel rods are exposed and radiation is released. Since yesterday, a white, steam-like vapors has been seen rising from the plant’s number two reactor.