It seemed surreal that only hundreds would have perished in one of the largest earthquakes of recorded time. This morning I heard of an entire village in Japan that was washed away. One reason the estimates and confirmed deaths would be so low, is that when there’s no one left to report death, estimates will be way off. Entire trains and homes are missing.
Also, radiation has been released at a crippled nuclear power plant in the country. You can see a blue shockwave from the blast site, then steam or smoke rises. It will be at least days until we know if a Chernobyl level disaster is underway. If so, much of the Pacific Ocean, or country of Japan could be poisoned to some degree. Many sites I’m reading indicate that a Chernobyl style meltdown is not possible because of the differences in the reactors, but their comments are often qualified by wait and see type qualifications.
It’s absurd the titles the CBC are giving the story. “Radiation threat falls after Japan plant blast –
Explosion destroys building housing nuclear reactor”
“Nuclear worries decline over Japanese power plants
Last updated 11:00 AM EST
Radiation leaks from Japanese nuclear power plants damaged in Friday’s earthquake pose a low risk, says the World Health Organization.”
The only accuracy they have in their headline is that a radioactive steam release is less damaging than an outright meltdown/explosion. The explosion that has already happened has blown the top off of one building at the plant site.
Japan’s nuclear industry is no shining example of perfection. Australians are saying this is already in the top three nuclear plant disasters, and if it keeps progressing toward a full meltdown, it will move up that undistinguished list. This, during the height of a “nuclear Renaissance” that Canadian hacks were promoting in Saskatchewan and on American TV.
UPDATED 2:23 p.m. CST
A meltdown is confirmed, according to this news site. The explosion on video at CBC where you can see a blue shockwave was part of the event. Radioactive material including cesium and iodine were released and are being detected away from the plant.
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UPDATE X 3:29 p.m.: The bad news just gets more and more confirmed as I read. Confirmation bias? Let’s hope so, but don’t get your hopes up. Flooding the reactor building with sea water is a “last ditch” effort, because it will destroy the reactor for future use. The flooding is an emergency measure to prevent a large scale explosion and release of more radioactive material like in Chernobyl’s case. Keep your fingers crossed, and your letters to politicians at home critical of any further nuclear plants – that’s the only thing you can do that’s useful in a situation like this.
Live video of the explosive protests continuing in Wisconsin this weekend. Republicans forced through their “budget bill” that contained no money provisions in order to force it through without Democratic senators being present. (The real point of the bill was to cripple unions.) Democracy is both flourishing and floundering in Wisconsin, as it is in the rest of American and here in Canada. Wisconsinites are rising up against the anti-democratic governor.
In local news, the URSU CFS referendum results were finally released (leaked?) by CFS. The students narrowly approved of continued membership in the left wing (and litigious) Canadian Federation of Students.
And why is Stockwell Day (Strahl, and Cummings) stepping down after the Spring election? Jim Prentice also recently departed for greener pastures with CIBC. Will Day end up a banker too? Are they rats fleeing a sinking ship?
Holy crap, and in writing this, I looked back at the story, and another 2 Conservatives have coordinated their retirement notices too. Better to go yourself than to be asked to leave?
…Chuck Strahl — announced Saturday that they’re leaving federal politics.
Day and Strahl, both members of Parliament from B.C., said they won’t run in the next election, which many observers expect is coming soon.
A third Conservative MP from the province, John Cummings…