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Stories for March 13, 2011

Primer: Japan's Nuclear Crisis

March 13
NPR
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Several nuclear reactors in Japan lost power after the magnitude 8.9 quake and tsunami – and electricity is needed to run the cooling systems that keep reactor cores from overheating.

San Onofre Plant Built To Withstand Quakes, Tsunamis

March 13
By Ed Joyce
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The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant is designed to withstand predicted earthquakes for the Southern California area. But not quakes like the one in Japan.