I am truly shocked that this has turned into such a horrendous disaster, and of course I have to ask the questions: Why did it get to be this bad? And... Was there any pre-warning that this disaster could have taken place so that precautions could be in place?
Well, to answer these questions, I want to turn to the following article, from the Japan Times dated back in 2004, where it appears that Leuren Moret had warned people at that time that an impending disaster was in store for Japan if they did not change their nuclear power policies. Here is that article:
|An aerial view of the Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, "the most dangerous nuclear power plant in Japan"|
|A map of Japan annotated by the author, showing the tectonic plates, areas of high ("observed region") and very high ("specially observed") quake risk, and the sites of nuclear reactors|
NTS Notes: Ok, so it seems that Japan Power, and others, were warned far in advance that their continuing negligence would lead to disaster. Now we know from what we are witnessing at Fukushima, that Leuren Moret was absolutely right!
I can understand the need for other energy sources for Japan for it to end its dependence on foreign oil, but building nuclear power plants on highly dangerous and unstable fault lines is definitely playing Russian Roulette. It appears from what has happened at Fukushima is that finally one of the bullets in that deadly game has hit the chamber and has been fired! The result will be devastating to Japan as a nation.
There is also an old saying: "If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it." When will we ever learn?
More to come