Officials in Japan have issued a state of emergency as the nuclear power plants fear a meltdown. After some reactors automatically shut down following the earthquakes, temperatures began to rise causing concern. At one, radiation levels inside were 1000 times higher than normal.
This has brought some to fear a nuclear meltdown, which would totally devastate the area surrounding the reactors. Japanese officials have asked those within a 10-kilometer radius to evacuate. However, as some say that a meltdown is very unlikely others are reminded of Chernobyl and the lasting effects from it.