UPDATE: NHK World (English) (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
"In an effort to avert the fuel rods' exposure, a Self Defense Force CH47 helicopter took off from the Sendai base hauling a large container of water on Wednesday afternoon.
But the plan was aborted after radiation levels above the plant were found to have largely exceeded 50 millisieverts -- the maximum permissible for SDF personnel on a mission."
"Japan has 48 hours to bring its rapidly escalating nuclear crisis under control before it faces a catastrophe "worse than Chernobyl", it was claimed on Wednesday night.
Nuclear safety officials in France said they were "pessimistic" about whether engineers could prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant after a pool containing spent fuel rods overheated and boiled dry.
Radiation levels were "extremely high" in the stricken building, which was breached by an earlier explosion, meaning that radiation could now escape into the atmosphere. Tokyo Electric, the owners of the plant, said five workers had been killed at the site, two were missing and 21 had been injured." - "Japan: Just 48 hours to avoid 'another Chernobyl'" By Gordon Rayner and Martin Evans, The Daily Telegraph via the Vancouver Sun
Atlantis, what was its downfall? Mother Nature, or did it happen so far back, before recorded time, that it was actually a man-made event that was so devastating in its consequences that it created a myth that there was once a powerful island, third in economy in the world.........