Meanwhile In Japan …
While the American government’s debt negotiations are dominating global headlines, it’s worth noting that the island nation of Japan is facing a major natural disaster – one which threatens to compound an existing nuclear disaster.
Which is bad news for everybody …
Two-and-a-half years after the massive Tohuku earthquake and tsunami devastated the country – and spawned the Fukushima nuclear crisis – Typhone Wipha is now pummeling the region.
This “once in a decade storm” is currently moving up Japan’s east coast – right toward the crippled nuclear facility that has been leaking radioactive material into the environment.
Awesome, right? What could possibly go wrong in this situation?
Anyway, the much-maligned Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has halted all off work on its cleanup project – and Japan could catch a major break if the storm’s center continues tracking offshore (and hits Fukushima at low tide, as it is forecast to do).
Still, it’s a situation worth watching … especially given Japan’s total lack of control over this nuclear crisis before the typhoon entered the equation.