Just a thought about your nuclear power concern... are you also skeptical about hydro-electric? Because a 9.0 earthquake destroying a dam would likely kill far, far more people than all of the victims (now and in the future) of the nuclear power plants in Japan.
I think it is important to learn from these events how to improve design, but I also think it is a mistake to let an event like this scare you too much. Bad laws are usually written while people are fearful following a frightening event.
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