I’m utterly fed up with the unending negativity and cynical sensationalism regarding the situation in Japan. I reckon 95% of what is coming out of the region and called news by the mainstream media is speculation and supposition. The negativity is driven by the medias acknowledged more than friendly relationship with the so called
environmental movement brain damaged cave dwelling anti-human sector.
I was pleased to find something today that provided some relief to this tedious garbage. The Register has an excellent article highlighting the positives of the situation and pointing out that in one of the most powerful earthquakes in modern times, the reactors built a long time ago and nowhere near as safe as modern reactors, have pretty much stood up to the stress. The reactor cores are all under control and radiation releases, in spite of the over the top scare mongering of a dying industry desperate to regain an audience, have not been anywhere near as bad as they could have been. The main issue seems to be the storage of spent fuel rods.
Japan’s nuclear power plants have performed magnificently in the face of a disaster hugely greater than they were designed to withstand, remaining entirely safe throughout and sustaining only minor damage. The unfolding Fukushima story has enormously strengthened the case for advanced nations – including Japan – to build more nuclear power plants, in the knowledge that no imaginable disaster can result in serious problems.
Let’s recap on what’s happened so far. The earthquake which hit on Friday was terrifically powerful, shaking the entire planet on its axis and jolting the whole of Japan several feet sideways. At 8.9 on the Richter scale, it was some five times stronger than the older Fukushima plants had been designed to cope with.
If nuclear power plants were merely as safe as they are advertised to be, there should have been a major failure right then. As the hot cores ceased to be cooled by the water which is used to extract power from them, control rods would have remained withdrawn and a runaway chain reaction could have ensued – probably resulting in the worst thing that can happen to a properly designed nuclear reactor: a core meltdown in which the super hot fuel rods actually melt and slag down the whole core into a blob of molten metal. In this case the only thing to do is seal up the containment and wait: no radiation disaster will take place, but the reactor is a total write off and cooling the core off will be difficult and take a long time. Eventual cleanup will be protracted and expensive.
Please go to the site and read the rest of the article. Its well worth it.