I'm not sure what news stories you were reading but the fact that multiple power stations were shut down was widely reported. Here's a quick link that took me all of 10 seconds to find on Google: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12711707
Also, if you bothered to read the article linked in the summary, you'd see that only one out of three pumps failed at Tokai leaving the power station safe enough to do a controlled shutdown.
Quick, you need to tell Google because there is no doubt that they didn't think about this workaround already!
Of course, that'll be one of the first things that I test out when I get ICS.
Who wants to go to a meeting and tell their bosses that they're thinking of: "Replacing Honeycomb with Ice Cream Sandwich on all our android devices"?
Just about anybody that isn't a complete and total prude.