Sunday, May 22, 2011
CNBC covers Fukushima in one-hour "Nuclear Meltdown"
CNBC’s one hour documentary on catastrophe at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants severely damaged by the tsunami that followed the 9.0 offshore March 11, 2011 earthquake, is called naturally enough, “Nuclear Meltdown”, having aired first on May 18, and again May 22, pre-empting some more “popular” shows.
The plant simply wasn’t built to withstand a tsunami of this size, which destroyed the backup power needed to cool the reactors. It still isn’t clear how many other seaside reactors around the world could have such an exposure, when one considers that a 100 foot tsunami from a Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Atlantic might be theoretically possible, from an avalanche.
It’s also interesting to note how the radiation exposure to workers on the cleanup was managed, and that older workers, past reproductive age and with fewer life expectancy years to be lost to possible radiation exposure. It’s unpleasant to think about how democratic societies have to ration sacrifice.
Still, the one power source most consistent with not adding more carbon to the atmosphere is nuclear.
The link is here.
Here’s a video from Russia Today of the tsunami hitting the plant.
Picture: from Lake Anna plant, Dominion Power, NW of Richmond, VA