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Japan's Research Facilities Down But Not Out

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Science  25 Mar 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6024, pp. 1509
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6024.1509

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With attention riveted on the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan's scientific community has been quietly taking stock of how extensively the magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 11 March damaged facilities and experiments. The news is mixed. Two of Japan's major physics facilities were knocked out indefinitely, and many laboratories along the eastern seaboard have lost instruments and research materials or are shuttered due to rolling blackouts. In a glimmer of good news, the university hardest hit by the quake suffered no fatalities at its campuses.