Say what you want about what exactly makes up a disaster, but in my book anytime radioactive material is leaked into the ocean it qualifies. I understand the uses for nuclear power and how it has the ability to produce more energy than regular plants ever dreamed of creating, but like Spidey said “With power comes great responsibility”. Earlier this week Japan took a direct hit from a 6.5 earthquake that caused more than a few buildings to crumble and roads to buckle. The quake waged some major havoc on Tokyo’s nuclear planet. At first the plant initially reported that only 100 barrels containing low-level radioactive waste were tossed about, but now days after the event that number has increased to 400!! To make matter worse the lids of 40 of them came off and 315 have leaked sending the toxic waste into the Pacific!.
“We made a mistake in calculating the amount that leaked into the ocean. We apologize and make correction”, said a spokesman for Tokyo Electric adding that the amount spilled was still “one-billionth of Japan’s legal limit” First off all any radioactive waste dumped into the ocean should be too much and the fact that there even is a legal limit it is too ridiculous to comprehend. Second this whole thing smells of a cover-up and we all know it. How do I know this? As per a report from Yahoo News
“Meanwhile, TEPCO spokesman Hiroshi Itagaki said that information accumulated by studying aftershocks shows that a fault line stretches under the ocean near the coast, which is not far from the plant. He declined to say how close to the plant the fault might come. Osamu Kamigaichi, an official at Japan’s Meteorological Agency, which monitors earthquakes, said it was possible the fault line stretched to underneath the plant grounds. Though reports are that no radiation has made it’s way outside of the plant, one can only imagine what is really going on. This recent disaster is the thing of nightmares that calls to mind scenes from Chernobyl and other disasters that will take us ions to recover from.”
We can build a giant plant to harness nuclear power, but we don’t have any way of knowing that a fault runs under the ground where we want to put it! Whatever!! The fact is this whole mess reeks of cost cutting and corporate penny pinching. Now we all must suffer the consequences.