Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fukushima, Mon Amour

"From what we can gather, this disaster is even more dangerous than Chernobyl," said Professor Menachem Luria, quoted by Asia Times Online's Victor Kotsev — Costs rise in 'worst industrial disaster'. Also quoted is Arnold Gundersen, who said, "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind." The "former nuclear power industry executive" who "served as an expert witness in the investigation of the Three Mile Island accident" continued,
    We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl ... The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometers being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. [....]

    Somehow, robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put it in a container and store it for infinity, and that technology doesn't exist. Nobody knows how to pick up the molten core from the floor, there is no solution available now for picking that up from the floor.
After making "mention that early on in the Fukushima crisis, some observers suggested nuking the reactors," the report also mentions that the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) "also acknowledge that Fukushima has 'probably' released more radiation than Chernobyl."

Mr. Kotsev's suggestion that "American authorities, as indeed most authorities in the world, appear to be in denial," brings us to PR Watch's Anne Landman's article noting that "[w]hile the U.S. media has been occupied with Anthony Weiner, the Republican presidential candidates and Bristol Palin's memoir, coverage of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has practially fallen off the map" — What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?

Ms. Landman's suggestion that "[n]ews outlets in other countries have been paying attention to Fukushima," in turn brings us to a Union of Catholic Asian News report from Korea that "[a] Church foundation is urging the government and society to follow Germany’s lead in phasing out nuclear power" — Rights group urges end to nuclear power.

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Blogger Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

Building them near a tsunami prone coast and occasionally on known faults, may also be regarded as an act of national sabotage?

The sooner that any Confucian tradition is restored or installed, the better? I suspect that Nippon was not fertile ground for the doctrines?

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