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With Fukushima offline, Japan's in the midst of a serious energy crunch. To help turn down the juice suckage, the government is pushing Japanese salarymen to dress down. Way down. Cool (as in temperature, and nothing else) Hawaiian shirts: in!
In an article originally published March 14th, New Scientist explains why earthquakes are so hard to predict, how seismologists have tried to foretell quakes in the past, and what promising approaches may lead to successful prediction in the future.
Some rare good news: TEPCO reports their efforts to prevent another hydrogen explosion at Fukushima by pumping reactor No. 1 full of nitrogen is a success. How long this measure will hold off another dangerous buildup is unclear.
Japan's Healthy Ministry has advised villagers near the nuclear plant to not drink the tap water because of radioactive iodine. Ministry spokesman Takayuki Matsuda said that radioactive iodine three times the normal level was found in water 30km away from the nuclear plant. The contaminated water is only one twenty-sixth of a chest X-ray and poses no danger, but it's better to be safe at this point.
At 3:40pm local time in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, an explosion shook the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Four people were reported injured from the initial blast, but broader concerns over increased radiation leakage have lead officials to double the evacuation zone around the plant from 9 to 19 kilometres. What the ultimate fallout will be is anyone's guess.