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Japan is a nation all too familiar with earthquakes. Its engineers thought they had accounted for any potential disaster. But last week's earthquake and tsunami overwhelmed safety measures, and forced nations around the world to ask how prepared they are to confront a nuclear crisis.

Thalia Assuras from our partners at energyNOW! speaks with U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) about possible federal action in the wake of Japan's emergency. Blackburn sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and her state is home to three working nuclear reactors as well as the only reactor under construction in the U.S.

A Congressional Perspective on Handling a Nuclear Crisis (Video)