As this issue went to press, the fate of the damaged nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant and the risk of widespread nuclear contamination remained unknown. What was known was that the strongest earthquake to hit Japan since records have been kept had devastated towns and cities and unleashed a tsunami that swept thousands to their deaths, carrying off whole villages and leaving in its wake a thick, foul coating of muck where crops once grew and livestock ...

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