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Cooling a Hot Zone

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Science  01 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6123, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6123.1028

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Hydrothermal blasting is one of several technologies now vying to be included in Japan's efforts to clean up the radioactive material scattered over some 13,000 square kilometers of land by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident triggered by the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Japan's government is under intense pressure to clean up as much land as possible so that the 110,000 people still displaced by the nuclear disaster can return to their homes, farms, and businesses.