The title is selective, but highlights the seriousness of the situation and the inadequacy of the Japanese to deal with it. Now that the situation is so bad, it may be too late for any actions to be significantly effective.
The situation is clearly catastrophic, and something needs to be done!
Something should have been done right from the start. With hindsight, something should have been done at the inception of this and other nuclear power plants. Truly fail-safe design and engineering. Certainly, being practical, nothing can be truly fail-safe, but safety has been compromised by human weaknesses and profit motives.
Unfortunately, the Fukushima disaster will be seen to be the pinnacle of mankind’s follies.
By Dr Mae Wan Ho
Institute of Science in Society
Massive leakages of heavily contaminated water, crumbling structures, and spent fuels that if exposed to air could release 85 times as much lethal caesium as was released at Chernobyl are obvious reasons why urgent help is needed from the world’s top experts.
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Perhaps, you’re right? What I find surprising, is that it requires this sort of encouragement for it to happen. Maybe, we should actually not cause an outcry? Allow it to cause the tragedy that seems to be unfolding. Obviously, those who build such stupid things should be helping to stem the pollution? Yet they are seemingly silent. Fouling not only the Pacific basin, but the world as a whole. As the prevailing winds sweep it around the globe. Maybe a real catastrophe needs to happen, before everyone wakes up to stop such madness?