News from the BBC reports that an earthquake in Japan yesterday leaked some radioactive material from a power plant. Apparently the plant is located on a fault line.
While Japan relies almost exclusively on nuclear power, it is a system that is well maintained. As the report profiles in a biography of leaks related directly to the fault, the issues here seem to have been a result of bad planning.
If anything, because of the growing demands for clean (that is, carbon-free) energy, it doesn't seem unreasonable for managers to turn to nuclear power. However, as the Japanese case demonstrates, planning nuclear futures will require perhaps a wider range of factors than previously thought.