As radiation levels rise, Japanese authorities are abandoning the most damaged nuclear plant, citing the danger posed to the workers. "The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now," says Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. This leaves the plant without enough water to cool the reactors, among other issues. "It's not so simple that everything will be resolved by pouring in water. We are trying to avoid creating other problems," Edano said.
The Japanese are expected to request assistance from the US military, and are considering offers of help from other nations.
A U.S. nuclear expert said he feared the worst. "It's more of a surrender," said David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who now heads the nuclear safety program for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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