25 Apr '11, 8am

Fukushima: A Rush to Nuclear Energy Judgment?

Fukushima: A Rush to Nuclear Energy Judgment?

At the start of this piece, let me nail my colours to the mast: I am a proponent of nuclear energy and I have worked on the periphery of the nuclear industry. What has slowly emerged since a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit north east Japan on the 11th of March has served to show how ignorant the world is about radioactivity and risk. It has been calculated that the energy released when the Pacific and North American tectonic plates moved passed each other was the equivalent of 6.7 trillion tons of TNT or 1000 times the total explosive power of every nuclear weapon ever detonated. I have no way of knowing if these figures are correct, but it is certain that nature released a colossal amount of energy that day. The nuclear power plant at Fukushima survived the incident largely intact and withstood a magnitude 6 aftershock where the plant was near...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/fukushima-rush-nuclear-e...

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