Japan looks doomed to a nuclear disaster.
An 8.9 quake struck Japan Saturday, followed by a destructive chain of quake-to-tsunami that bulldozed the shoreline towns.
While precise assessment of the damage seems still elusive, Japanese government is now facing a staggering aftermath that the mega earthquake and its tsunami left behind, and looks overwhelmed by gigantic hurdles it has to tackle now and perhaps for months or even years to come.
Houses, buildings and bridges gave way to the angry and merciless torrent that gobbled up everything in its path, tossing and topping cars and boats. After inconceivable scale of destruction, rescue teams struggles to find survivors possibly stranded in the massive wreckage on the shore stretching hundreds of miles while thousands survivors flocked in those school-turned-to-shelters hoping for speedy aids.
According to AP, at least a million households are facing depletion of water and electricity and many countryside areas are cut off, surrounded by water. To make it worse, aftershocks rattled the already ravaged country, including a magnitude of 6.2 originated about 111 miles east of Tokyo that made steel skyscrapers sway like leafless trees.
Although Japanese government estimated so far about two thousands casualties, which will undoubtedly increase in time exponentially, a new development seems to have topped everything else.
After the initial earthquake struck the island and its subsequent tsunami swept the shoreline, there was an explosion at the nuclear plant, Fukushima Dai-ichi, 170 miles northeast of Tokyo according to AP. In this monstrous scheme of nature, the nuclear plant seems to have lost its power and control over cooling system, the most critical part of the plant.
The cooling system has failed with a doom scenario.
Once the cooling system was crippled, there is little that can be done. Especially, if it’s structural damages of reactor, it’s lethal because there hasn’t been yet invented a method to stabilize the hellish rods of radioactive explosive other than cooling them in an insulated space.
It’s not like water leak on the roof. It’s virtually a slow explosion run of radioactive bombs in thousands Fahrenheit with no break. Once cooling system fails, there is no way to reverse or freeze the explosion. Safety of nuclear plant is totally and irrevocably dependent on the cooling system with no margin of error. Failure is not an option.
Once the temperature reaches 4,000 Fahrenheit, a meltdown commences. Although a Japanese official said radiation around the plant had dropped, that doesn’t rule out a dire meltdown that already seated behind the wheel of destiny.
It is reported that Japanese engineers have been using seawater as coolant, which also indicates the gravity of the situation.
Japan has suffered the calamity of nuclear fallout in the World War two at the end of the first half of the twentieth century. The then unknown atrocity of nuclear fallout to the civilized world unfolded in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The demolished blocks of concrete buildings and dead bodies have since haunted the minds of people in the world and the horrific burns and cancers the victims had to suffer has left permanent scar in human psychology.
This looming disaster, the first nuclear meltdown, if happens, since the 1986 Chernobyl, testifies to frailty of human technological marvel and the horrific price tag thereon that we cannot afford to pay no matter how soothing and assuring agendas government openly propagates over nuclear energy.
The mechanism of nuclear energy is simple. It’s a bomb already detonated, so to speak. It is destined to explode. Only we borrow time postponing the final deadly stage of meltdown with a feeble guarantee of continuing the cooling. How can that be safe?
To the contrary of what government advocates, the safety of nuclear energy is fatally volatile. The benefit of such a powerful energy might be as rewarding as we all hope, but the stake is abysmally steep, as demonstrated in the crisis of Japan, because there is no reliable method to back up the cooling system failure.