|Friday, 29 April 2011 23:38|
Last Updated: 10:27 AM, April 28, 2011
Posted: 11:09 PM, April 27, 2011
"Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis" Tonight at 10 on Discovery
How could any government build a nuclear power plant in an area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis?
Good question in light of the horrific March 11 disaster in Japan, in which a horrifically powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami nearly took out the largest nuclear facility in the world.
After all, this is the country that invented the very word "tsunami!"
Tonight, Paula Zahn's special on Discovery, "Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis," does such a thorough, fair and unbiased account of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster that you will come away understanding why -- and how -- it happened, and how much we are at risk as well.
Yes, the Fukushima plant was built to withstand earthquakes -- it wasn't built to withstand Armageddon. This was the most powerful earthquake in one thousand years.
With footage taken by survivors and plant workers -- as well as Japanese news footage -- you will get a birds-eye view of the incomprehensible damage -- and the impossibility of cleaning up thousands of crushed homes surrounded by irradiated water.
While, for the most part, the plant's structure initially remained intact after the earthquake, it was the tsunami that caused the real damage. Fukushima was designed to withstand a tsunami two houses high. This wave was three houses high.
Zahn takes us through the horror of trying to contain the uncontainable as the "cooling" water on the rods reached 2,200 degrees and the plant experienced a series of explosions while the heroic workers lived on rationed food and water in a radioactive environment.
If nothing else, the Fukushima disaster put the world on alert, and governments now are scrambling in these tight economic times to shore up the 400 worldwide facilities.
Thank God we in the US don't have to worry. Right.
I learned in this special that one third of all Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant -- and a mere 20 million of us in this area live within 50 miles of the Indian Point Plant near Peekskill.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/horror_march_nfG40vOTHCTavxEganMbLP#ixzz1KxVFaQJA