As far as I know, the nuclear plant accidents in Japan haven’t killed anybody yet. The earthquake and tsunami killed more (perhaps far more) than 20,000.
Why is it just about all the news I read is about nukes?
Of course the situation at the nuclear plants is serious, and could become much worse — although probably not nearly as bad as you think. It could kill people eventually and demands attention. There are many lessons to be learned and, we prat, applied.
But we’re basically ignoring human tragedy on a vast scale while we breathlessly wonder whether any trace of radiation might possibly reach Hawaii. This speaks very badly about us.