The video above shows an explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The current guess is that the explosion was caused by a buildup of hydrogen (New York Times 8:20am). It's scary enough that there's been an explosion at a nuclear facility, but this is what's even scarier.
Japan is a country that is lauded for doing preparedness right.Maybe "scary" isn't the right word. Maybe "humbling" is more appropriate. A disaster as large as the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan yesterday reminds us that no matter how well prepared we are, steel and concrete can only do so much to protect us. Nature will always have the last word.
Japan is a rich, high-tech nation with much rough experience of seismic rumblings: those factors have led it to plan, and plan well, for disaster, with billions spent over the years on developing and deploying technologies to limit the damage from temblors and tsunamis. ("The limits of safeguards and human foresight," by John Schwartz, The New York Times)