Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan 11th March 2011.
There is a Major Risk To Nuclear Power Plants
Last night, around 6 PM New Zealand time, on the 11th March 2011, a major earthquake struck. This was the biggest earthquake recorded in Japan in 140 years, an earthquake of an 8.9 magnitude, 10 kilometres deep, and with its epicentre only 130 kilometres off the coast.
It has devastated the Northern city of Sendai, which has a poopulation of about 1 million people. News on NZTV1 and NZTV3 showed live footage from Japan, with photos of the quake striking Sendai, and the tsunami which followed. This footage is absolutely heart-breaking. Hundreds of cars were shown, drowned in the tide, with people bobbing up and down in the water as the wave moved fiercely forward. Boats were shown being crashed into the ports, against each other, being turned over. Buildings and debris were seen being washed away.
The air port was completely flooded, and people were seen on the roof of the air-port building.
News this morning reports over 100 dead, but BBC news through the night said that between 200-300 bodies were found by police on the beach at Sendai.
So far, this morning, 8 AM New Zealand time, there has been no damage recorded in the Pacific from the tsunamis expected down under over night. Hawaii had a small wave, as did Indonesia, but no damage was done. Rauol Island had a small wave just after 6 AM this morning. Marine impacts will be likely in Northland. People should still stay off the beaches in Northland all the way down to East Cape. So far, we have got off lightly down here in New Zealand.
Parts of USA are still at risk: As the wave approaches the USA coast, Oregon is thought to be a danger zone, as this area is directly in line with the tsunami coming from Japan.
Papua New Guinea and Fiji, and other smaller islands in the Pacific, are still at risk of being swamped with tsunamis emanating from Japan as a result of the big earthquake.
Last year’s Chilean earthquake had a similar effect down here around New Zealand. About 800 people were killed in Chile.
Nuclear Reactors Shut Down:
Radiation Poisoning is a threat.
An alert as been declared at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Platn, where the cooling system has failed.
Four nuclear reactors were reported to be shut down last night. These nuclear reactors threaten to be the biggest risk of all to the people of Japan, and to the world environment generally: A melt-down of the reactor will occur if its cooling system is not kept alive.
A nuclear melt-down is likely at the Jukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant because of the collapsed cooing system. Japan has many nuclear reactors, which are very risky things to manage in times of earthquakes and tsunamis.
Julian Assange’s mother was on the right track in her campaign to make Australia a nuclear-free zone, and we in New Zealand should be warned by the example of Japan and its now-broken nuclear reactors. Nuclear power is an extremely hazardous thing, and we should discourage nuclear activity of any sort, everywhere in the world.
So far, the Prime Minister,