Fukushima Threatens Second Nuclear Catastrophe

by Editor

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…Reports from Japan warn that Fukushima is threatening another nuclear catastrophe.

As quakes continue to rattle the region, a pool full of radioactive caesium remains brimming on the top floor of the heavily damaged building.

The Japanese government has responded by saying that there is nothing to worry about and we must try to quell any concerns.

Inspectors survey the damage.

TOKYO: What passes for normal at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant today would have caused shudders among even the most sanguine of experts before an earthquake and tsunami set off the world’s second most serious nuclear crisis after Chernobyl.  

Fourteen months after the accident, a pool brimming with used fuel rods and filled with vast quantities of radioactive caesium still sits on the top floor of a heavily damaged building, covered only with plastic.  

The public’s fears about the pool have grown in recent months as some scientists have warned that it has the most potential for setting off a new catastrophe. The three nuclear reactors that suffered meltdowns are in a more stable state, but frequent quakes continue to rattle the region.

The worries gained new traction in recent days after the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, said it had found a slight bulge in one of the walls of the reactor building, stoking fears over the building’s safety.

Source: The Age

The fallout from any nuclear disaster dissipates itself across the entire globe. If the radiation leaks remain isolated this wouldn’t be such a worrying concern.

The problem remains that the contaminated waste is still active and little has been done to effectively deal with it.

As usual we see the Japanese government assuring its people, and the rest of the world, that everything is under control. There is even talk at the moment by the Japanese government to reactivate its serviceable aging nuclear power plants in an effort to supply its nations thirst for electricity.

The pile of radioactive debris generated from the Fukushima catastrophe is said to hit the coast lines of the US some time next year. (see the clip in the top right corner of this article)

When we see disasters of this magnitude, we have to ask ourselves… Is it really worth the risk?

What do you think?

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