Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Threat
Environment Threat By Nuclear Power Reactors: Nuclear Disaster Threatens
Day 3 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
At 4 AM New Zealand time 14 March 2011: All three nuclear power plants at Fukushima are in trouble, says the BBC News.
Tsunami Disaster: 10,000 people are missing in one Japanese village in the Sendai area: The whole population of this town is 17,000, so that is more than half the population. Towns all along the East Coast, from Sendai, which was hit worst, to the south, have been devastated.
200-300 bodies have so far been found by police, washed up on the beaches in Sendai. Many, many people were swept away in their cars, and many ships have been wrecked also.
Nuclear Disaster Threatens Now: A state of emergency has been declared at Fukushima, and a state of emergency has just been declared at the Onagawa area because of failed nuclear power plants there. Radiation levels have exceeded the accepted levels at these plants, so the Government officials have said.
All six reactors in the Fukushima area are potentially at risk. A state of emergency has already been declared in the Fukushima area because of the danger of a melt-down in at least one of its nuclear power plants.
Around 200,000 people or more have been evacuated in the Fukushima area because of the risk of radio-active material leaking into the environment.
BBC News has just told us that a third nuclear power reactor is about to have the salt water treatment in an attempt to cool it down. This is a last resort, as salt water, in effect, kills the plant for good. Salt water might help to cool the nuclear reactor, but because it is very corrosive, it will render these power plants useless for the future.
The Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said that the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation is posing the most difficult conditions for Japanese people since the Second World War. He appeals for the people of Japan to unite and work together to overcome this disaster.
The government has played down the threat of radiation pollution, as it obviously does not want to alarm people unnecessarily, on top of the trauma many people are already suffering. But it has taken precautionary measures by promptly reacting to the nuclear issue by evacuating people for up to 20 kilometres around the nuclear power plants at Fukushima. People are being scanned for radiation.
A second explosion at Fukushima nuclear power plants is expected, as attempts to cool the system are not working. Sea water is being used in an effort to cool the system and prevent a melt-down.
Reactor 3 has lost its cooling system, and is now using sea water in an effort to cool it.
Japan is a major industrial country with few hydro facilities for making elecrricity.
In the 1960’s it developed nuclear power plants which address about a third of the country’s power needs.
David Shipman, speaking for the BBC, illustrated how dangerous these nuclear power plants are: He said that even though Japan, with its experience of earthquakes and tsunamis, has built its power plants with the necessary engineering skill needed to withstand such disasters, yet these measures have still not made them safe – “But look what has happened”, he says.
Spokesman for Japanese Prime Minister, Noriyuki Shikata was asked why does Japan have nuclear stations, and “Why has Japan built Nuclear Power Stations in Earthquake Prone Areas? He said that japan needs these power stations. The interviewer said ‘But what about the danger?’ –
Obviously, these power stations are an incredible danger to people in Japan, and also to the world as a whole. A leak of radiation in any one place pollutes the wider world environment. When they go wrong as a result of environmental disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, then they pose an incredible long-term hazard. The people of Hiroshima and its surrounding areas have been suffering high rates of cancer, birth defects, sterility and other problems, for decades after World War II, because of radiation from an atomic bomb which was dropped there.
When a nuclear power station goe wrong, it really goes wrong. Surely, the effects of radio-active pollution should be considered more important than the economic-industrial needs of a nation? The welfare of the people should always be more important than simply making money.
Now that these power plants are leaking radiation, the health of the whole nation is threatened. What use is nuclear power, and the ability to be industrially active, if the people are dying?
Nuclear Power Stations Should Be Banned World Wide:
Even in earthquake-free zones, nuclear power plants are always a potential threat to people and to the environment.