I am not a geolgist or a scientist of any kind, so the remarks made in the article, are my opinions and observations of the nuclear issue in the United States and abroad.
Unless you live in a cave, everyone knows that radiation is forever! No one knows it more than the Japanese people...when they were struck twice by the United States in World War II. The Japanese people didn't learn their lesson.
As I said earlier, I am not a geologist, and it is my understanding from news reports, that the island of Japan, lies in one of the worst faults for earthquake activity. The large area in the Pacific, is known as the Ring of Fire, as the earthquake faults start in the country of Chile in South America; head northward to California on the west coast; through Alaska and on across the Pacific toward Japan; then on to Pakistan and India and so forth. The southern fault, breakes off someplace north of Japan and heads south to Australia and New Zealand.
Experts say, that Japan sits in the worst place in the world for earthquake activity, etc. These fault lines form a 'T' or a 'Y' in the area, and Japan sits right in the middle of all this seismic activity. Before they built a nuclear reactor, the Japanese knew they were on these fault lines...and they went ahead and went nuclear! The Japanese people have not learned their lesson from World War II.
If the earthquake of 2010 and the following tsunami were not enough...the Japanese now have to deal with the nuclear disaster which followed. I got the information about Japan, from an hour-long report from Nova, a presentation on PBS (Public Broadcasting) and an hour long presentation on Frontline on PBS. Both are a terrifying account of what happened in Japan in 2010.
In my view, there are NO experts in the world, when it comes to predicting nature's wrath...such as hurricanes; tornadoes; lightning; all are just edcuated guesses by these so-called experts. The Japanese people made another big mistake, by allowing their government to build a nuclear reactor in their country...knowing the risks from the seismic activity nearby. Knowing this, the Japanese built a 30 foot high wall on the northern beaches, of concrete and steel, to help with a tsunami should it happen. Do you know what happened to this 30 foot high wall of concrete and steel after the earthquake?
The ground all along the beaches sank over 3 feet, and the wall, that was to protect the Japanese...dissolved like butter and evaporated into the sand! The wave from the tsuanmi was 30 feet high, so the wall wouldn't have done much good anyway. There was one picture that showed a vehicle on top of a ten story building...that's how high the water was at the time of the disaster...and maybe higher!
I think one of the most disturbing facts, that I got out of the two hour-long reports on the Japan disaster, was the fact, that the Japanese government lied to the Japanese people...and thus...the people of the world when it came to the safety of the nuclear reactor!
One year later, and when a U.S. reporter went back to the area of Fukushima...and where at one time, there were over 10,000 people living there...now it was a ghost town! The reporter was wearing a special suit because radiation levels were high in the area.
Radiation is called the 'invisable enemy.' You can't smell it; taste it; see it...and it lasts forever. I think radiation is the most frightening of anything on this earth! The American people must DEMAND of the Congress, that there will be NO nuclear reactors built in this country. An alternative energy source MUST be found such as wind, solar, etc. The worst thing the American people can do, is to believe all these 'experts' running around showing how smart they are. There is nobody in the world, that can predict a natural event such as a tornado; hurricane; lightning, etc.
If you believe the so-called 'experts,' with respect to natural disasters...you have the F-word stamped on your forehead...FOOL! The Japanese people trusted their own government too much...and look what happened!
Japan attacks the United States!
Not in the traditional, military way...but with their garbage from the earthquake and the melt-down. According the the programs I saw on PBS, the number is about 500 tons of garbage that will show up on the west coast of America.
I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and everyone knows that the atomic bomb was developed in Los Alamas, which is about 90 to the north of Albuquerque. The first atomic bomb was tested in Alamagordo, New Mexico, which is about 200 miles to the south of Albuquerque. There is a nuclear dump located at Carlbad, New Mexico, which is about 300 miles to the southeast of Albuquerque, which is located near the Texas line.
The United States has three National Laborartories...one located in California and the other two are located right here in New Mexico. The Los Alamos Scientific Labs and the Sandia National Labs. I live walking distance from the Sandia Labs (Energy Department). I also live walking distance from the old Manzano Base, which is a nuclear storage depot for over 2,000 atomic bombs.
Because of the disaster in Japan, the clear message to all Americans, is that the nuclear development of any kind must stop...and stop NOW! Demands should be made on the worthless Congress, that there will be no more nuclear...for war OR for peace. There has to be an alternative energy found.
The following article, was written by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, who wrote this piece for the Progressive Media Report, and the piece was published in the Op-Ed Section of the Albuquerque Journal on March 8, 2012. The headline reads;
"A Year After Fukushima, Have We Learned Anything?
As we approach the one-year anniversary (March, 11) of the Fukushima nuclear sidaster, it's a good time to take heed of the lessons from that tragic event.
Lesson one; Governments lie;
Telltale signs that reactors had melted down in Fukushima were found within days, but the Japanese government did not admit it for months. It also withheld data predicting the path of the airborne radiation and did not warn the people taking refuge in the plume. Instead, officials fiddled with the numbers.
One of the government's first actions, within days of the tsunami, was to increase acceptable levels for radiation exposure to five times that in the United States. When radiation in spinach, mild and beef exceeded legal limits and were pulled off the shelves, the chief cabinet secretary said, "Even if people eat these products, there will be no immediate effect." Months later, when high levels of radiation were detected in tea in Shizuoka, the governor of the prefecture declared the tea safe and refused to have it tested further because it might "confuse" people.
The government was more concerned about glossing over the truth than with leveling with its own people and with protecting them. The Japanese government even loosened the definition of 'cold shutdown,' in December in order to declare its still leaking and vulnerable reactor 'stable.' There actually were 28 leaks in January and February alone.
Lesson Two; We are still gambling on nuclear power;
More than half of the world's nuclear energy is produced in Japan, France and the United States. In Japan, 52 of the 54 reactors are currently offline due to safety concerns. In the United States, where nuclear plants are between 30 and 40 years old with aging, analog technology, an Associated Press investigation found that three fourths were leaking radioactive tritium.
Spent fuel remains a huge concern. The United States has generated approximately 72,000 tons of waste and has nowhere to store it: three-fourths of it sits in overcapacity water-cooling pools like those in Fukushima. Japan is expected to run completely out of room to store its waste within 10 to 20 years.
Radioactive waste cannot be neutralized. It is not only an immediate and deadly threat to human health, but it also has a much longer lifespan than we do (from 500 years to 5,000 years). Humanity has never built anything that has lasted as long as our radioactive poisons will
Rather than focus our effort on cleaning up the mess we have, the United States just approved the first nuclear power plant since the 1970's with 8.3 billion federal loan guarantee for a plant in Georgia. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted the approval over the objection of its chairman, Gegory Jaczko, who said that the decision was made 'as if Fukushima never happened.'
Lesson Three; The ocean cannot wash away our problems;
Fukushima has released 168 times the amount of cancer-causing cesium as the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. But, the water...our ocean...is where the true disaster may lie. Water used to cool the fuel has been measured at up to 7.5 million times the legal limit for radiation.
The Japanese government deliberately dumped 11,500 tons of radioactive water the sea in April (2011), calling this act, 'regrettable and unfortunate.' Its storage tanks...holding 100,000 tons...will max out this month. Meanwhile, radiation has been found in fish and water more than 400 miles away. A sisaster of this magnitude is not just regrettable and unfortuneate. It should never be allowed to happen again. We need to get off nuclear energy. That's the most important lesson of all."
END OF ARTICLE;
After reading this piece, I have concluded that the Japanese government is corrupt and evil. Anyone who would raise the limits on the radiation levels of their own citizens or anyone else...is EVIL...
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