Saturday, August 6, 2011
THE LESSON OF FUKUSHIMA FOR HUMANITY
It has been 152 days since the Great Tohoku 9.0 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Cataclysm, and exactly 66 years after Little Boy fell on Hiroshima , when, three days later, Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki. As radioactive uranium and plutonium have half lives in the realm of 100,000 years, why are these cities safe today, while Fukushima, like Chernobyl, will be uninhabitable for hundreds of years? Click on that link to better understand the hype and dangers of nuclear power and bombs. You've got to wonder, which is worse?
Obverse to the horror of those explosions, both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Parks are the essence of serenity and beauty. A memorial observation was held today in Hiroshima, attended by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and his wife Judy.
The earthquake and tsunami left 4.4 million households without electricity, 1.5 million without water, and killed 15,641, with 5,000 still missing. A wave height of 128 feet was observed. The overall damage will be in the range of $300 billion, the most expensive ever. There was, though, relatively little property damage in the Pacific Basin.
Three nuclear reactors in Fukushima suffered seven meltdowns. The future of Japan will be in energy jeopardy if nuclear power is immediately discarded. I would not be surprised if the various governors throughout the country ultimately approve the continued the use of this option, although there remains a high probability that the country will no longer build any new fission nuclear facilities in the future.
Japan just does not have the land, winds, sunlight, biomass and geothermal capacity to replace fossil and nuclear. The ocean is their only hope.
Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Chrenobyl. Fukushima. Has Humanity now learned a lesson?
Typhoon Muifa will send wind, water and waves to Shanghai, but the eye will only skirt the city, move north, and weaken.