I’m sure by now most of us have heard about the 8.9 earthquake that rattled Japan, which triggered a 23 foot tsunami that flowed 6 miles inland, but what is now being reported is a potential nuclear meltdown.
The Associated Press has reported that the nuclear building has collapsed, and now stands as a steel frame, which is currently spewing smoke. They are also reporting that the cooling systems are down and a disaster is nearly imminent.
There are reports that every hour, the nuclear power plant is releasing the same amount of radiation that the average human is exposed to over the course of a year, and those numbers are expected to rise.
Japanese officials have evacuated everyone withing a six mile radius to minimize human casualties and losses.
Unfortunately, two power plants have lost their cooling ability, which prompted Japanese to declare a state of emergency at two others.
Earthquakes in Japan are business as usual, so the Japanese have constructed their buildings to withstand earthquakes, but what is unable to be constructed against, and what isn’t the norm for Japan, is the massive tsunami that swallowed 6 miles of Japanese mainland.
On another note, given the nation’s radioactive past, being the only nation to have nuclear weapons used against it, I truly feel sorry for the people of Japan now that they’re having to deal with a potential nuclear catastrophe.
If you would like to donate money in order to help Japan in their time of need, you can go to the Save the Children foundation and send your donation to them. Keep Japan in your thoughts and lets watch and see what happens.
- Shaking, smoke at problem Japan nuclear plant (thestar.com)
- In the Wake of Japan’s Earthquake/Tsunami, Nuclear Power Plant Concerns (themoderatevoice.com)
- Earthquake Raises Concerns Over Stability Of Japanese Nuclear Power Plants (mediaite.com)
- Japan earthquake leads to state of emergency at nuclear power plant (mirror.co.uk)
- Nuclear Emergency After Japan Tsunami (nowpublic.com)