Here’s a couple very well done earthquake visualization videos for 2011. It’s one thing to say Japan is prone to earthquakes but it’s quite another to see it.
With 52 reactors operating in such a seismically active area it’s no surprise that an earthquake triggered a nuclear disaster in Japan. The only surprise is that they got away with it for as long as they did.
The myths surrounding nuclear power don’t stand up to scrutiny.
- Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986), and now Fukushima (2011) clearly disproves the myth that nuclear power is safe.
- Radioactive contamination resulting from the inevitable “accidents” and the production of nuclear waste that will remain extremely dangerous for tens of thousands of years certainly disproves the myth that nuclear power is clean.
- The perpetual expense of managing nuclear waste for the next 10,000 years should put to rest any notion that nuclear power is cheap.
Presently there’s no long-term plan for the storage of nuclear waste, it simply accumulates on site at nuclear power plants in spent fuel pools that are stuffed well beyond their original design capacity. At Fukushima there’s about 2,000 tons of spent fuel at risk and at the 104 nuclear power plants across the United States there’s roughly 63,000 metric tons of the stuff.
Obliging folks 10,000 years into the future to look after the toxic byproducts of our energy production today is morally wrong. And really, is there anyplace safe to park nuclear waste for the next 10,000 years?