Many of us here at The Blaze will openly admit to being glued to coverage of the tragic situation in Japan, spending most of the past four days scouring the web and scanning the news channels for updated information. Today we learned that we may be facing another 96 days of fear-focused coverage.
Aside from the human tragedies and property devastation caused by the earthquake, news junkies have been absorbed by what CNN's Gary Tuchman called, 'the Traumatic Trifecta, earthquake, tsunami, and now the nuclear problem.' We have been totally consumed by the coverage, worried that any time away might miss seeing the next big event live.
On Sunday we learned that sea water was being pumped into one reactor, a desperate, last-ditch solution that might cool the radioactive fuel, but would also doom the facility. Effectively a billion dollar write-off.
Monday's update brings word of a second explosion at the Fukushima power plant and also news of a possible third reactor where the fuel rods have been exposed and are considered to be at risk of melting down.
If the power plants are sitting on the coastline, right next to an ocean of seawater, why can't these power plants be stabilized? CNN's Chad Myers explained it with great clarity and a healthy dose of emotion:
2:30 into this little rant Chad says something that I had not heard from anyone else on any channel.
It might take 100 days for these power plants to be stabilized.
Early Tuesday morning in Japan, (March 15th - yes, the Ides of March) one of the reactors at the troubled nuclear facility has exploded. The government has issued the most grim warnings to date, telling people who live within 30km (about 19 miles) of the explosion to stay in their homes, to shelter indoors.
Those people may be bunking in for the next 96 days.