Still no answers at Fukushima

We all remember the day they finally got the damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico capped and we could start the recovery from one of the world’s most devastating environmental disasters.

We can only wonder when that turning point will come — if ever — in the Japanese nuclear crisis at Fukushima.

More than a month and a half after a calamitous earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the cooling systems for the six reactors, we seem no closer to getting the disaster that supposedly couldn’t happen under control.

The utility that owns the plant yesterday released a plan it claims will get the site cooled and decontaminated by the end of the year, but there seems to be little public confidence it’ll actually happen as radiation levels soar, contaminated material leaks into the ocean and trace amounts of cesium and iodide are detected as far away as Hawai‘i and the West Coast.

It’s been a story of setbacks more than progress, with the tens of thousands of people evacuated from a 12-mile radius left in excruciating limbo. A similar area around the Chernobyl plant in the Ukraine remains mostly uninhabited 25 years after the disaster there.

It’s a situation where you cross your fingers and hope for the best, but have a bad feeling that the worst may be yet to come.

And you ponder the folly of trying to harness powerful natural forces that may be inherently beyond the control of man.

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3 Comments on “Still no answers at Fukushima”

  1. zzzzzing Says:

    Seriously, Dave – “…powerful natural forces “may be” inherently beyond the control of man?”

    Watching the March 11 Japan earthquake destroy many ‘man-made’ buildings & roads, watching the subsequent tsunami wash everything man-made, what to speak of ‘man’ – in its path away, and, closer to home, watching this week’s tornados tear up homes & lives in a matter of moments, I can honestly & whole-heartedly say that powerful natural forces are definitely inherently beyond the control of man.

  2. zzzzzing Says:

    PS. Don’t drink the milk from the Big Island…

    They’re looking to perform a ‘cold shut-down’ of the plant which they hope will take 6-9 months. We all hope.

    (…and put the “s” back in “Fukushima” (title)

  3. Michael Says:

    A combinations of Earthquake, Tsunami and Japan East Coast sinking about 2 to 3 feet made it a disaster that was far from being a normal disaster. Fukushima walls were made to withstand an Earthquake or Tsunami but not the sinking of an Island Coast. 3 Strikes.

    All to blame is the fault of being on a fault. No fault of the Japanese to be there but just the way that Japan was built through the years. Through the years Japanese learned to adapt, but each year is a learning experience that is very unpredictable.

    It seems that Scientist cannot prove lots of things and only when it happens, do they learn.
    Einstein hypothosized and made his theory of relativity. Only recently he may have been proven wrong.

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