Debunking Headlines: Japan Has Not Had A Nuclear Explosion Or Meltdown

On Friday March 11, 2001, Japan suffered the largest earthquake in its recorded history (9.0) followed within an hour by a raging tsunami. Several nuclear power facilities have suffered damages, but as of 23.30 pm PDT Sunday March 13 there has been no nuclear explosion and no nuclear meltdown.

I wrote an article that detailed what was known about each of the four facilities with reported problems. When I was researching it, I was reminded that facts seldom get in the way of headline writing. Or tweets. This storify collection — a work in progress — highlights hyperbole; some examples are from “normal” people (not news organizations or journos).

Read the story at Storify


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