Tuesday, 24 July 2012

How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the atom

Another interesting read: How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the atom
Fukushima 'crisis' changed my mind on nuclear power: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/rss/fl20120724zg.html ..."Let's look objectively at what happened. There was a major earthquake, unprecedented in scale, followed by a 15-20-meter tsunami that flooded a large nuclear power plant. The equipment designed to provide power to the cooling systems in case of accident was flooded, and human error was also a factor. As a result, full or partial meltdown occurred in three separate reactors. It was pretty much a worst-case scenario.
Yet, not one person was killed by radiation, and nobody has been harmed, though two workmen, who have since been released from hospital, were reported to have received "radiation exposure to the legs." Overall, not much of a "disaster," especially compared to a genuine industrial catastrophe like Bhopal in India in 1984, where more than 10,000 people died and 500,000 were injured."

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