Fukushima incident reignites German anguish over nuclear power

Over 40,000 protesters in southern Germany formed a 45-kilometer (28-mile) human chain from the Neckarwestheim nuclear plant to the nearby city of Stuttgart, demonstrating against plans that extended the life of Germany’s nuclear power stations.

The protest was planned long before Friday’s earthquake resulted in an explosion at Japan’s Fukushima I nuclear power plant. However, protest organizers said the turnout was probably boosted by fears of a meltdown in Japan.

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