Japan Nuclear Power Station- Scientist Claims No Significant Release of Radioactivity Likely

Many people are disturbed by the hysterical anti-nuclear mood of the reporting on Japan’s nuclear power stations, damaged in the recent earthquake. I came across an article that gives a very good report on the matter in layman’s terms and without the watermelon hyperbole. The summary has been prepared by Dr Josef Oehmen, a research scientist at MIT, in Boston. He is a PhD Scientist, whose father has extensive experience in Germany’s nuclear industry.

I am writing this text (Mar 12) to give you some peace of mind regarding some of the troubles in Japan, that is the safety of Japan’s nuclear reactors. Up front, the situation is serious, but under control. And this text is long! But you will know more about nuclear power plants after reading it than all journalists on this planet put together.

There was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity.

By “significant” I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on – say – a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background radiation.

I have been reading every news release on the incident since the earthquake. There has not been one single (!) report that was accurate and free of errors (and part of that problem is also a weakness in the Japanese crisis communication). By “not free of errors” I do not refer to tendentious anti-nuclear journalism – that is quite normal these days. By “not free of errors” I mean blatant errors regarding physics and natural law, as well as gross misinterpretation of facts, due to an obvious lack of fundamental and basic understanding of the way nuclear reactors are build and operated. I have read a 3 page report on CNN where every single paragraph contained an error.

Full report here. (BraveNewClimate Blog) Very clear simple and easy to understand. If you’re worried, I advise a read. (Click on image for enlarged view.)

Categories: Environment

3 replies

  1. If these two reactors don’t go it will be a stunning example of how safe nuclear power is…

    – They are 40 years old
    – They withstood a 9.0 quake
    – They withstood a 7m Tsunami
    – New reactors are built to take a direct hit from a 747


  2. From the link:

    I will try to summarize the main facts. The earthquake that hit Japan was 7 times more powerful than the worst earthquake the nuclear power plant was built for (the Richter scale works logarithmically; the difference between the 8.2 that the plants were built for and the 8.9 that happened is 7 times, not 0.7). So the first hooray for Japanese engineering, everything held up.

    Hooray, indeed!
    Thank the Lord for (at least) 7 times over-design.

    Just another reason why the corrupt MSM continues to decline. Even at times like this they can’t resist making political capital by twisting both the facts and reality. Lying cowardly scum!

    [PS Thanks Red, very informative. And a great counter to what passes for “truth” via our so called “impartial” media sources]


  3. Sinner I studied Engineering at Uni before changing to Science…

    Everything is overengineered, the building you work and study in is over engineered usually at least 10X, about the only exception is Aircraft which are engineered to about 1.5X due to weight issues, this is compensated foby multiple redundancies…

    Over-engineering is almost always a good thing, it allows parts and structures to usually last much longer than their design specifications and it helps to massively reduce insurance costs… In many cases if government regulation didn’t exist insurance companies would insist on close to similar strengths (which is of course how it should happen), if we didn’t over engineer things they would fail right on schedule or whenever estimated required strengths were exceeded, i.e. regularly…

    The point I’m making is as an engineer you are trained to over-engineer, it’s not a government dictum just common sense…

    And yes the area around the plants are devastated but they’ll be rebuilt in a few years, if there is a core meltdown with large amounts of escaped radiation they’ll be uninhabitable for 30 years – a big difference…

    So as usually you talk a big game but are irrational, a nutcase and no conservative…


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