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Tsunami In Japan And The Impact Of Nuclear Energy Today
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When the Tsunami hit Japan the world was shocked to see the havoc, the chaos and the distrought caused by it. Sadly thousands are still missing and many families are still left without shelter. Another danger the people in the region are facing is the possibility of a nuclear melt down. What the consequences could be in a worst case scenario nobody dares to imagine. The question is also what impact this will have on neighboring countries and the world, let alone the people in Japan.

The explosion in the nuclear plants has sparked a heated debate in the overall security of nuclear plants worldwide, already in Germany authorities have started shutting down older nuclear plants. Although this maybe, as in some cases, only temporarily, the question is still how safe these plants really are and what can be done to guarantee the safety of the population in the event of an earthquake or even a terror attack with planes on nuclear plants.

Ever since 9/11 politicians and other organizations have discussed the possibilities of terrorist attacks on nuclear plants, but as always discussions only flare up in crisis situations and as soon as the next catastrophe arises these issues fall out of the range of interest in public debate.

With the example of the crisis in Japan and the possible outcome of a nuclear catastrophe it might be time to seriously consider the further use of nuclear energy. Already the government in Germany is passing legislation to pose stronger security measures on companies operating nuclear plants. The security measures include the building of underground backup power supplies in case of emergencies. Will the cost of all these measures, if put in place, make nuclear energy unprofitable? And could this finally mean the closure of nuclear plants in the foreseeable future? Operators of these plants are already debating this scenario.

Elsewhere scientists are concerned about nuclear plants built in regions that have been hit by earthquakes before. The Diablo Canyon which is built in California and supplies electricity to about 5 million households is located near an area that could be affected by an earthquake.

According to operators the plant can withstand tremors of up to 7,5 on the Richter scale. The question remains, what safety measures will be adequate to withstand a major earthquake and is the data from scientific resources reliable enough to make trustworthy forecasts.

However accurate the data of scientists maybe, they have no influence on nature and who can predict strength of future earthquakes.

Isn’t it time to take a much closer look now to abandon nuclear energy from our planet?


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