So far a total of six reactors in Japan have lost the ability to cool their reactor cores, and 11 reactors at four sites have suffered shut downs because of the earthquake; U.S. experts are warning of catastrophic Chernobyl type event.
In a final act of desperation, the Fukushima plant in Japan began pumping sea water to cool down the reactor core.
The core at the Fukushima plant has already experienced a partial meltdown and radiation levels are 1000 times above normal levels inside the plant, and eight times higher outside the plant. An estimated 200,000 people have been moved out of the area and reports are coming in that 160 people have tested positive for radioactive exposure.
Explosion at Japanese Nuclear Plant
Some are speculating that a full meltdown is already underway and suggest that the white smoke in the video below looks very similar to the white smoke that was emitted during the Chernobyl disaster.