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JAPAN EARTHQUAKE REOPENS NUCLEAR DEBATE

March 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Social Commentary

We can’t say the aftermath.

The situation is not yet stabilized in Japan.

But there will surely be much debate about nuclear power one the …… smoke? clears. With the administration not yet willing to embrace the fact that we need to drill on American land to ease the noose we’ve created for ourselves at the hands of our Arab “friends,” people keep coming up with “alternative energy, wind power, and… of course an increasingly public willingness to take another look at nuclear power.

Libya must be looking quite tasty to NATO about now.

Until now.

To be fair, there is no fault here. It’s an act of God. But when when you pump sea water in to cool the reactors – it’s over. Those sources of power are now dead. Chernobyl this is not, but it well could have been.

How come it’s always these events like Katrina or the BP Oil Spill, and now Japan, that wake up the powers that be to the very grim reality that we as a people are vulnerable. So what’s the answer? Go back to raising sheep and planting seeds?

Maybe, I’ve blogged before about how I was happier before I had a cell phone, email or many of the other comforts which modern technology affords us.

From the Washington Post – here are some facts about the recent Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people at this time.

How many deaths have resulted from the quake?
Early Monday morning (local time), authorities put the death toll at 1,597. That number could reach 10,000

How powerful was the quake?
The U.S. Geological survey has assigned the quake a magnitude of 8.9

The Japanese television station NHK reports that there is a 70 percent chance of magnitude 7.0 aftershocks in the next three days.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called the disaster Japan’s biggest crisis since World War II.

Which nuclear reactors are in danger?
The two plants that have been most affected so far are the Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) and Fukushima Daini (No. 2)

How severe is the threat of a nuclear crisis in Japan?
Japan’s nuclear safety agency has rated the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi plant a four out of seven.

What steps have been taken to aid victims of the quake?
Japan has deployed 100,000 soldiers in the rescue and recovery operation

How hard has the tsunami hit the United States?
Tsunami waves hit the West Coast of the United States on Friday

Tsunami or Nuclear Explosion…..

Japan Earthquake Reopens Nuclear Debate

Japan Earthquake Reopens Nuclear Debate

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