by Chico Harlan, Brian Vastag
| Mar. 28, 2011
As radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant reached a new high Sunday, workers contended with dark, steamy conditions in their efforts to repair the facility’s cooling system and stave off a full-blown nuclear meltdown.
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A thoroughly informative, up-to-the-minute report describing the ongoing battle to limit damage at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. Particularly interesting was the very clear description of the route by which radioactive water is escaping from the containment vessels; apparently graphite plugs that would normally seal holes in the bottom of the reactors have been damaged by excess heat and debris. Highly radioactive water is leaking from the poorly sealed holes into the containment vessels, which have themselves been damaged by explosions.
This is good journalism for several reasons. The writing is very good (although I wouldn't expect any less from The Post) and the story is factual and well-sourced, with information and opinions from a diverse group of people. Harlan and Vastag effectively used the material gleaned from these sources to illustrate the angle of the story without including their own bias/opinions. Overall, a well-written and sourced story conveying information in need of exposure.