Well, most everyone in the world knows about the huge 8.9 earthquake that hit just days ago (on Friday). It’s not the first time this has happened to this degree in this quake ridden landscape. Geological evidence shows that there was a quake of similar magnitude in 800 A.D. (under the “How tsunamis happen” segment).
Not that I take CNN for being authoritative on account of their “brainwashing” (as I recall, CNN audiences polled were more likely to believe that WMD were actually found in IRAQ), but on Saturday Joseph Cirincione (nuclear expert) commented the following on CNN (“Preventing a nuclear disaster in Japan“).
Japan is heavily invested in nuclear power.
- There are fifty-five nuclear plants in Japan.
- One in every six plants in the world is located in Japan.
It’s no surprise that eleven went off-line after the earthquake, and that five of them have had coolant problems since. Thus, it’s not surprising that the Japanese government has issued a nuclear emergency state. But more specifically, Cirincione mentioned …
- If the accident (at the Fukushima Daiichi [reactor #1] plant) is stopped immediately, it’s still going to be in the top three worst nuclear accidents to date (Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, being the top two).
- A (partial) meltdown in already in progress in the worst plant as Cesium has been released into the air, which means the radioactive rods have been exposed to the atmosphere.
- There’s already a 20 mile evacuation/danger zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
- Japan has declared five nuclear emergencies, each correlating to each plant out of control.
Am I alone to think that it’s stupid for the international community to allow such an earthquake prone country to build nuclear power plants? Did they not see this coming, even if they didn’t about the geological history, just given the frequency of earthquakes in Japan?!?! How could they not?!?!
I understand why the US and world community tries to keep nuclear power out of the hands of the likes of Muammar Gaddafi (succeeding, probably for the better) and Kim Jong-il (haven’t succeeded). Supposedly, we’re to believe it’s to avoid nuclear mishaps and keep us all humans free of cancer and fertile.
But given that Japan was allowed to propagate this technology despite the local apocalyptical tendencies, one can only assume the prohibition of the proliferation of nuclear arms by third world countries is nothing more than an attempt to maintain status quo and the upper hand by countries that presently are in possession of such technology –aka, the good ol’ boy’s nuclear club.
Be that as it may, let me reiterate … I can’t believe they let Japan build nuclear plants, while countries that are much more geologically stable –such as France– are closing down plants! Who pays for the stupidity of the boy’s club? Well, it looks like you and I will, the ordinary Joes of the world by way of radioactive drift. Thank-you international community, and a very special thank-you goes to you, too, Japan!!!
“How tsunamis happen”, <http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2011/03/12/nr.quake.coverage.unfolds.cnn>
“Preventing a nuclear disaster in Japan”, <http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2011/03/12/nr.quake.coverage.unfolds.cnn>
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