>The Japan Syndrome

>[UPDATE] 3:

Amazing Video:

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[UPDATE] 2:

Worse still:

(Reuters) – Japanese officials may only have hours to cool reactors that have been disabled by Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami or face a nuclear meltdown.

Yeah maybe not so cheap and reliable after all, eh Lamar?

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[UPDATE]:

And it gets worse:

Japanese officials on Saturday issued broad evacuation orders for people living in the vicinity of two separate nuclear power plants that had experienced breakdowns in their cooling systems as a result of the earthquake, and warned that small amounts of radiation were likely to leak from the plants.

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A Japanese nuclear safety panel said radiation levels were 1,000 times above normal in a reactor control room at Daiichi facility. Some radiation had also seeped outside that plant, with levels just outside the plant’s main gate measured at eight times normal, Public Broadcaster NHK quoted nuclear safety officials as saying.

Yeah, there are better options.
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Just a real-world reminder of why nuclear power will always remain unsafe, unwise and unacceptable, especially when safe alternatives already exist and are indeed in use. If Fukushima No. 1 were a solar plant or wind farm it would be one less thing for the people of Japan to be worried about right now.

And let’s also remember that if a catastrophic accident occurs at a nuke plant in America, we all will pay for it, whether you used one watt of that plant’s energy or not. All part of the grand plan to privatize gains and socialize losses.

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3 responses to “>The Japan Syndrome

  1. >We're poisoning our forests and water in Pennsylvania right now, via fracking for natural gas.~

  2. >With the anniversary of the Three Mile Island incident coming up later this month, the problems with Japan's nuclear plants are especially ominous.

  3. >It could never happen here, right? Every day hundreds of thousands of vehicles pass within one mile of the San Onofre nuclear power plant about fifty miles north of San Diego. The Grand Tetons, if you will. Anybody in their twenties or thirties should remember the devastating Northridge quake of 1/17/94 mag 6.6. I bet SB remembers the San Fernando quake of 2/9/71, also a 6.6. There were no seismographs November 22, 1800 when an estimated 6.5 mag quake was centered just offshore from Oceanside on my own beloved Rose Canyon fault. That's within twenty miles of the plant!Most San Diego county quakes are much smaller, coming in under 5.0 for the most part centered anywhere from downtown to Ensenada or the Borrego desert. But experts believe that a major earthquake is very possible and even likely in the next century. Fortunately the Rose Canyon fault (one kilometer from my house) moves north-south in parallel opposing directions. The biggest quakes occur with plate subduction.I have ten gallons of water stored up. I should be okay for one week!