“CR” left a comment earlier today on my last post, criticizing me for not having updated since Friday. Mea culpa. Over the weekend, it became clear that simply updating was not going to be enough, and I felt that there was little I could say that wasn’t already being widely reported elsewhere.
I was also busy reporting on the effects of the quake on Japanese universities and research institutions. That story just went live, Heavy Damage To Japan Research, and complements Jean-François Tremblay‘s story yesterday on Earthquake Rocks Japan’s Chemical Industry. We’ll both be updating those pieces as appropriate for C&EN’s March 21 print issue. Jeff Johnson is covering the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
There are two other things I’d like to highlight today about the disaster in Japan. One is this set of photos on the Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog. It really hit home the human element of the tragedy for me.
The other is Chemjobber‘s post Fukushima Daiichi: on the skyline. CJ highlights the undoubtedly valiant effort put in by a small group of people–the New York Times says 50–to try to regain control of the nuclear reactors. They are heroes.
Update: The NYT has a bit more on the dangers faced by the remaining plant workers.