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Fukushima Nuclear Update 9th April 2011

More Earthquakes In Japan:

Two days ago, 11.30 pm Japan local time, there was another large quake in Japan. This was centred in the North again, in Sendai region.  The quake was 7.1 magnitude – 7.3 by another source, and it was large enough and long enough to be felt in Tokyo.  A tsunami alert was given out on all cell phones, and people in the vulnerable coastline areas in the North escaped to the hills.  Fortunately, the tsunami wave was not enough to do any damage, and the warning was retracted after 90 minutes of the earthquake movement.

The alarming thing is, though, that this earthquake’s epicentre was only 100 kilometres from Fukushima.  It is not known yet, and will we ever be told the truth anyway, whether the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has been damaged any further because of this most recent large quake. .  One could hazard a guess which would assess more damage to the plant, and hence, more radiation escaping into the environment.

Two Large Earthquakes Hit Mexico:  On the same day, or within a few hours, two large earthquakes struck Mexico.  We have had over 1000 aftershocks in New Zealand around Christchurch, since the devastating earthquake there.

The earth is certainly not stable enough to host any nuclear power plants.  Clearly, anybody with any common sense should see that nuclear power is not the way to go for earthlings. We have a spate of earthquakes and tsunamis right now which threaten the safety of all nuclear reactors all over the world.

Solar Power Could Substitute Nuclear Power: With a bit more effort, and lots of money no doubt, solar power could support the world. Nuclear Power is relatively cheap in financial terms,which is why people build these nuclear reactors. They have a similar effect, only much worse, as when people spray poisons to kill weeds, instead of digging the weeds out:  There is a huge cost to people’s health and the environment when  these cheap ways out are adopted, for the sake of  saving money.  This has been illustrated at Fukushima, where the reactors have melted down, leaking radiation into the environment including the sea, following damage done to the plant after the earthquake/tsunami disaster last month.

Associate Professor of Physics Peter Wills from Auckland University has discussed this – see my post  NZ Professor Says Go Solar Power)  He describes how enough solar power could be generated to keep the whole of the world energized.  Of course, for this to work,  we would need to modify our usage, and rethink our values and our materialistic attitudes,  so that we were not wasting resources or being extravagant in any way.

Radioactive Waste Dumped Into Pacific

A few days ago, we were told that the Japanese administrators of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant were about to dump 60,000 tonnes of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean.  Two nights ago, I heard one spokeswoman against this action being taken:  She was saying that the process of dumping had already started, and that the estimated figure was several million tonnes of nuclear waste.

This is compounding the effect of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Either way, any amount of radioactive waste being dumped into our precious oceans is too much.  Farmers here in New Zealand, and industrialists here and in many parts of the world, such as Germany, have to pay high penalties for polluting waterways with things much less toxic than radioactive waste, and in comparatively very small proportions.  The Japanese Fukushima Nuclear Plant should not be putting this stuff into the ocean. But who will stop them?

Anti-Nuclear Protests In Tokyo:  Since the terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster of 11 March 2011, there have been ongoing protests in Tokyo against the existence of nuclear power plants. Many activists have called for the dismantling of all Japan’s  55 nuclear power plants which threaten the health and lives of all Japanese people, and the world at large.

FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT APPLIES FOR TWO NEW REACTORS  Did you know that within a week or so, the Fukukshima Daiichi administrators applied for permission to build two new reactors at Fukushima, to replace some of the damaged ones?  Lessons not learned, obviously.

Anti-Nuclear Protests in Tokyo

Fukushima Radiation Problem:  The New Zealand Herald April 7, 2011, has reported that Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant authorities have stated that the radioactive water leak is finally plugged.  But can we believe them?  They seemed to have enormous difficulty in getting this radiation to stop, as they really did not know where the leaks were coming from.  It is possible that they have actually only fixed a small part of the problem.

Tokyo Electric Power, called Tepco, is reported as saying that it will inject nitrogen into one of the reactors.  The Herald states that this is an indication that the overheating problem has not been stabilized:  Nitrogen is used only when there is a risk that hydrogen build-ups might cause an explosion.  This has occurred three times so far.

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