Never a good sign

Even if this doesn’t vent a lot of radioactive steam into the surrounding area, it’s never really a good thing when an explosion with a visible shock wave reduces one of your reactor buildings from a solid concrete block to an open steel framework which used to be concrete-clad.

The before and after images of the Fukushima I nuclear generating station, cribbed from the Daily Mail:

Fukushima Dai-ichi in 2008, Unit 1 is at upper right. (Associated Press)

Fukushima Dai-ichi on 12 March 2011, looking a little worse for wear. Unit 1 is immediately left of tower. (Associated Press)

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