Meltdown Sparks Anti Nuclear Protests/Day Four
First and Foremost: Our Prayers From New Zealand To All Those Who Have Lost Their Loved Ones, and To All Those People In Japan Who Are Suffering Dreadful Hardship Beyond Measure. This is a very, very, sad situation, and all we can do is pray that help comes soon, and that you have the courage to hang in there until it does. We are thinking of you.
BBC News shown through the night on our New Zealand NZTV One Channel, Tuesday, March 15 2011, showed demonstrations happening across Europe to protest against nuclear power plants. Their actions of protest to nuclear power plants has been activated by the events in Japan over the past four days.
The situation at the Nuclear Plants in Fukushima, and at some of the other now unstable nuclear sites in Japan, is a dire warning to the world of things to come. A MELT DOWN, the most catastrophic situation that is feared by everyone, is looming at the sites of the Fukushima nuclear power complex.
Just this morning, Tuesday, we learned on our news that a second explosion has occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Today’s explosion was at Plant Number Three. The first explosion occurred on Saturday NZ time, at the Number One Plant.
Now we have been told on BBC news that the Number Two plant in Fukushima is also threatening to melt down. There are also problems at another plant in another location, so we learn from BBC news.
The poor Japanese people have lived through the biggest earthquake ever to hit Japan, only to be devastated in many coastal towns, by gigantic tsunamis. The big tsunami wave has obliterated some areas completely, resulting in the populations of some towns being nearly wiped out. More than a million people are without food and water. Many have not eaten in three days.
Now, those who have survived both earhtquake and tsunami have other threats to face: Food and water shortages in the immediate here and now, and death by cancer, because of radiation exposure, for the future.
The scale of the catastrophe and the lives lost cannot really be comprehended by we, who live far away. This is an enormous catastrophe, the likes of which most of us has never ever seen or experienced. The Japanese Prime Minister has described the tsunami effects, with the resulting nuclear power plant crisis, as being the most difficult hardship Japan has had to face since the Second World War.
The seaside town of Ojika on the peninsula in Miyagi,, and the town of Minamisanriku, which is another coastal town, have suffered enormous devastation. Their towns no longer exist. Around 10,000 people are missing from these regions. Many bodies have been washed up on the shore.
The town of Rikuzentakata was also decimated: It is thought that around 17,000 people have died here.
At first, we got the news that between 200-300 bodies were found by police, shortly after the tsunami hit. But now these numbers of the drowned are around 2000.
The earthquake which hit hardest near Sendai in the North, has just today been reclassified as a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on the Richter Scale. This earthquake triggered the massive tsunami waves which came soon after the quake.
Millions are without food and water.
The threat of a nuclear melt down worries the people of Japan, who will be affected worse than anybody else. But, if there is a complete melt down, then the problem of dispersed radiation will become an international one.
The nuclear disaster, following in the wake of the massive tsunamis, has caused a fervour of anti-nuclear sentiment across the world.
Many people were shown protesting against nuclear power on BBC News early this morning, NZ time: There were protests in Southern Germany, in France, and in Italy, who does not yet have nuclear power, but has been planning to get it.
The Indian Prime Minister was shown on BBC News addressing the people about the necessity for India to review its policies, safety issues, and for India to thoroughly examine and update its existing plants.