Getting a handle on the Fukushima disaster recovery, let alone permanently cleaning up the site, has been extraordinarily difficult. The problem is the daily flood of rainwater that flows downhill towards the sea, rushing into the mangled radioactive site.
As the island nation of Vanuatu struggles in the wake of Cyclone Pam, global leaders are meeting in Japan for a U.N. conference on disaster prevention. Japan pledged $4 billion in disaster aid over the next four years.
China’s decision to build nuclear reactors in Pakistan has received criticism for defying international norms on nuclear technologies trade.
Scientists are gathering vastly more data about faults than ever before, allowing them to refine earthquake predictions. The data suggest megaquakes in California might be slightly more common than previously thought.
Japanese engineers have designed a snake-like robot to help inspect the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The robot will help gather information in preparation of removing the building's radioactive rubble.