Yes, yes… the disaster in Japan is hard to imagine. But people said after Katrina and after 9/11. Hard to imagine stuff eventually happens.
Yesterday, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko said “There is no water in the spent fuel pool and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high”. Without water, there’s nothing to stop the fuel rods from getting hotter and ultimately melting down.
Americans and Brits are being evacuated from Japan. The Japanese are reduced to using helicopters to dump water on the reactor because people cant go there. This slow motion nuclear accident seems to be heading for complete catastrophe.
Perhaps this will end “well” and people will only worry about radio active damage lurking in japanese bodies like the oil that lurks at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. But it is a distinct possibility that the Japanese will lose control of the situation and experience utter devastation. Or is that just my overheated imagination?
Our cool and Cautious President Obama isn’t prone to overheated anything. He refuses to say that nuclear is simply too risky for America. We need need nuclear power he says. Lets hope that events in Japan dont bring the high cost of nuclear power out of dark imaginings and into reality.