Japan earthquake: Officials say nuclear catastrophe averted – CSMonitor.com

 

 

A day after the country was thrown into chaos by a fierce tsunami triggered by the largest earthquake in Japan’s history, the country was, for a few terrifying hours, bracing itself for a possible nuclear catastrophe.

Television cameras captured the moment that smoke poured from what at first appeared to be one of four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, located 150 miles north of Tokyo.

The incident could call into question Japan’s enthusiasm for nuclear power. The country’s 54 reactors provide 30 percent of its electricity, and there are plans to increase provision to 50 percent by 2030. But the industry has been plagued by accidents and allegations of cover-ups.

via Japan earthquake: Officials say nuclear catastrophe averted – CSMonitor.com.

As much as I’m completely for nuclear power, this incident makes it painfully clear that their location is something that should be considered a bit more closely. 54+ reactors directly located in the “Ring of Fire” is perhaps the dumbest thing I’ve heard in a long time. I do applaud them for somehow avoiding a meltdown despite there being 54 reactors in an area hit by a 9.0 earthquake, but that they even had to worry about it is a bit too close for comfort. Japan would have effectively ceased to exist as a country, as all of their population would have inevitably been killed off in one fell swoop, making Hiroshima look like a light attack.

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