The current reports out of Japan regarding the potential nuclear catastrophe and evolving crisis are alarming. The very thought of an emerging nuclear meltdown has everyone on edge. How could a nation with the third largest economy in the world be so close to the threshold of ruin? Simply stated, the sequence of events has been apocalyptic, from the massive earthquake, devastating tsunami and finally to the nuclear reactor meltdown; it is easy to understand yet nearly impossible to comprehend.
The United States Government and other nation governments have called for the evacuation of their personnel despite Japan’s insistence that all is safe. For most people watching and feeling the horrors and pain of the Japanese people is mind altering. Many nations wish to encourage and support these brave people. However, one cannot deny the dangers Americans and people of all nations face within Japan at this most difficult time. The volatile reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have been catching fire causing multiple containment structures to explode on an almost daily basis since March 12th. The threat is very real and very dangerous. Presently, it has become apparent the situation has gone beyond the means of containment. The option of entombing the plant may be the only viable one remaining. However, there is still some question as to whether this will fix the seepage of the melted cores radiation into the ocean, soil and waterways. What is clear is that the current situation is not sufficient.
According to a BBC News report radioactive iodine levels in seawater around Fukushima Daiichi have reached 4,385 times the legal limit. So the question remains, why then would the normally astute Japanese Government downplay such an event in the face of a mounting catastrophic reality? The two primary reasons are to protect against mass panic and to preserve hope. While admirable goals, it is a disservice to their people to not acknowledge the threat is far more serious than facing a typhoon for which they would evacuate for. After the myriad of catastrophes that America has faced from 9/11 to present, the lesson of denial cost has been high. Intrinsically American’s recall the footage of Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, and the vast host of other hurricane’s and devastations that have hit this country. In light of this, most people cannot advocate a nonchalant attitude as if Japan was facing nothing more than a little snow storm of radiation instead of a potential glaciation blizzard. It as if the United States and the rest of the world are telling Japan to give a little respect where respect is due.
It is self evident that evacuation on a mass scale around the area is the most viable option to avert exposure to radiation that is seeping into ground water, ocean water, air and soil. Considering the high toxicity of the radiation and plutonium seepage the long term prospects are dismal. The longer the situation is uncontained the more volatile and difficult the recovery in Japan will be. The country cannot even refocus its energies on recovery until the nuclear reactor situation is abated. The current efforts by workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant though valiant has done little to avert the impending disaster. Presently, a more spanned area of evacuation is recommended by most nuclear experts who are presently assessing the leakage. So the question remains what harm is there in expanding the evacuation area? If the best happens everyone goes home safe. If the worst happens, then at least they won’t die trusting in the volatile reactions of a nuclear reactor.