Wednesday Must Read: Japan Meltdown Threat Worsens; Californians Want to Vote on Brown’s Tax Measures

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Japan’s ongoing nuclear power plant crisis appears to be worsening as officials announced that a second reactor at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi facility might have ruptured and appeared to be releasing radioactive steam, the New York Times reports. The plant operator also evacuated workers from the facility for a time when radiation levels spiked.

2. Meanwhile, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that it’s increasing the number of radiation detectors on the West Coast, the Mercury News reports. The EPA, however, refused to divulge where the monitors would be stationed.

3. Experts say that Oakland and Alameda would be in harm’s way if a massive earthquake were to strike off the coast of Alaska and generate a giant tsunami, the CoCo Times. Once waves pass the Golden Gate, they likely would head straight for the Port of Oakland.

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